Understanding the cultural foundations of children's biological knowledge: Insights from everyday cognition research

Philip Bell, Leah A. Bricker, Tiffany R. Lee, Suzanne Reeve, Heather Zimmerman Toomey

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Abstract

This session explores the cultural foundations of children's knowledge of the living world. Cognitive research on students' conceptual understandings has overly relied upon sequestered tasks and structured interviews; we argue that participant observation can provide insight into important particulars of everyday life to answer fundamental questions about the nature of children's learning of biology. These papers report on studies of the everyday cultural and social contexts in which children's informal ideas about the living world develop and are applied. The research employs a learner-centered focus and a cognitive ethnographic approach to explore children's knowledge as they utilize it in their homes, at school, and in an interactive science center. Research focuses on personally consequential biology topics including health, nutrition, and ecology. The papers report on the cultural experiences that shape children's biological knowledge and decision-making, similarities and differences between cultural groups, and implications for coordinating home and school experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings
Pages1029-1035
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2006
Event7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2006 - Bloomington, IN, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2006Jul 1 2006

Publication series

NameICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings
Volume2

Other

Other7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2006
CountryUnited States
CityBloomington, IN
Period6/27/067/1/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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    Bell, P., Bricker, L. A., Lee, T. R., Reeve, S., & Toomey, H. Z. (2006). Understanding the cultural foundations of children's biological knowledge: Insights from everyday cognition research. In ICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings (pp. 1029-1035). (ICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings; Vol. 2).