An investigation of prior knowledge about amphibians amongst Grade 7 learners : towards the development of a resource pack

Gordon, Louise (2009) An investigation of prior knowledge about amphibians amongst Grade 7 learners : towards the development of a resource pack. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Abstract

The value of frogs is compared to the value of canaries used in coalmines: they are indicators of the environmental status of our environments, thus crucial to our survival. One third of all frogs worldwide are threatened with extinction. Frogs are found in our immediate environment. Are our Natural Science educators, teaching the Life and Living curriculum aware of this threat, the possible impact that the extinction of frogs will have on our welfare? Are our educators making use of the resources in their mmediate environment? This study aimed to investigate the prior knowledge in both the horizontal and vertical discourse, in Grade7 learners and their educators, to inform the design of an amphibian resource pack. By investigating their prior knowledge an insight would be gained in their knowledge of Natural Science concepts as well as their everyday knowledge of their immediate natural environment. It would also highlight any misconceptions formed as well as alternative concepts within both educator and learner groups. These insights would be used to inform the contents of said resource pack.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Amphibians, Prior knowledge, Bernstein's model, Horizontal and vertical discourse, Amphibians - Study and teaching -South Africa. Environmental education - South Africa. Natural sciences - Study and teaching - South Africa.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Irwin, Pat
ID Code:1901
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:30 Mar 2011 07:59
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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