[feed] pefprints@pef.uni-lj.si | [feed] Atom [feed] RSS 1.0 [feed] RSS 2.0 |
  Logo Login | Create Account

Child's understanding of the concepts "live" and "not live" in various preschool environments

Dražana Ševa (2022) Child's understanding of the concepts "live" and "not live" in various preschool environments. MSc thesis.

Download (1972Kb)


    Preschool children get to know the world around them in different learning environments. In my master's thesis, I focused on children's understanding of the living and the non-living in different learning environments of preschool. There are large individual differences in children's understanding of these concepts, which are related to development of thinking and stimuli in the environment. A child's conception of the living gradually includes the child's knowledge that it is not necessary for all living things to move and have consciousness (plants), and that every living being comes from something, feeds, breathes, develops, reproduces and eventually dies. My starting point was Piaget's theory and recent research and critique of that theory. In the theoretical part, I also presented and analyzed the field of nature in the Slovenian Curriculum for Preschools (1999), forest pedagogy, and forest preschools and eco-preschools. I researched how children's understanding conception of living and non-living concepts are influenced by the different learning environments of the preschool (if they have or not have a special program for learning about nature). I was also interested in whether the results matched with Piaget's theory and whether the different environments influenced the child's understanding of the concepts of animate and inanimate. With the help of my mentor and commentor, I have designed an instrument for the empirical research, that had 18 photographs showing animals, toys, living and non-living plants, and characters from cartoons and commercials … children aged 4-5 years from different preschool, namely, from the preschool with an additional forest program, from the eco preschool, and from the preschool, which does not carry out additional activities in the area. I conducted an individual structured interview with each child included in the simple. The child had to answer whether the thing in the photo was alive and why they thought so. I analyzed and interpreted the data qualitatively and quantitatively. With the comparisons between preschool or different learning environments we concluded that there is no difference between them, so that special emphasis on learning about nature does not affect the child's understanding of concepts of living or non-living. The children showed the best understanding of live animals and worst in characters from commercials and animated films.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: preschool child, Piaget's theory, animism, understanding of living/ non, living concepts, forest preschool, eco preschool
    Number of Pages: 66
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Marcela Batistič ZorecMentor
    izr. prof. dr. Aleksandra ŠindićComentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/99630339
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 7117
    Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2022 09:13
    Last Modified: 04 Mar 2022 09:13
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/7117

    Actions (login required)

    View Item