Conversation With Lara About The Earth And Land

da Conceição Barbosa-Lima, Maria (2010) Conversation With Lara About The Earth And Land. Revista Latino-Americana de Educacao em Astronomia, 10. pp. 23-35. ISSN 1806-7573


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The present article is the analysis of a conversation between the author and Lara, a four-year-old- girl, enrolled in nursery school, while she makes a drawing of the Earth. It took place outside school environment and without any other person around to avoid interference during the interview. According to Ferreira & Silva (2004), a researcher can only comprehend a child’s drawing, or form, by listening to him/her while he/she is creating it. Lara presented the traditional flat drawing, picturing the sky parallel to the ground, as reported by Nardi & Carvalho (1996). However, when asked to draw the World – term used by Butterworth et al. (2002), in order to avoid unnecessary confusion – she represented it by a circle, with herself on the surface. Her drawings led to the conclusion that such girl does not know yet the World in which she lives is the Earth, and probably because of that, within her age and consequent maturity, she accurately differentiates the concepts of land and Earth.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2017 10:00
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25

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