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Young Maltese children's ideas about plants

Gatt, Suzanne; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale; Borg, Kirsten; Lautier, Katya; (2007) Young Maltese children's ideas about plants. Journal of Biological Education , 41 pp. 117-121. Green open access

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Fifty Maltese children, 25 in the second year of pre-school (4 years olds) and 25 in the first year of compulsory education (5 years old), were interviewed about their knowledge of plants. Analysis showed that they had a restricted understanding of the term, meaning something small, with a thin stalk, leaves and a flower. Trees, cacti and nettles were not classified as plants. Children’s knowledge was observed to increase with age. Parents were identified as the main source of knowledge; schools were rarely mentioned. Maltese teachers should be made aware of children’s limited knowledge about plants and they need to use readily available resources in schools to expose pre-school children to the plants in their immediate surroundings.

Type: Article
Title: Young Maltese children's ideas about plants
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: Primary; Plants; Alternative; Frameworks; Children’s ideas
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10000286
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