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Science learning and graphic symbols : an exploration of early years teachers’ views and use of graphic symbols when teaching science

Kambouri, Maria, Allen, Michael, Pampoulou, Eliada and Pieridou, Myria (2016) Science learning and graphic symbols : an exploration of early years teachers’ views and use of graphic symbols when teaching science. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 12(9), pp. 2399-2417. ISSN (print) 1305-8215 (In Press)

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Abstract

The study investigated early years teachers’ understanding and use of graphic symbols, defined as the visual representation(s) used to communicate one or more “linguistic” concepts, which can be used to facilitate science learning. The study was conducted in Cyprus where six early years teachers were observed and interviewed. The results indicate that the teachers had a good understanding of the role of symbols, but demonstrated a lack of understanding in regards to graphic symbols specifically. None of the teachers employed them in their observed science lesson, although some of them claimed that they did so. Findings suggest a gap in participants’ acquaintance with the terminology regarding different types of symbols and a lack of awareness about the use and availability of graphic symbols for the support of learning. There is a need to inform and train early years teachers about graphic symbols and their potential applications in supporting children’s learning.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Education
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education > School of Education (from January 2013)
Depositing User: Michael Allen
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 11:40
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 10:09
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/34139

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