Children’s ideas about the human body (bones and organs): - a comparative study involving 6 years old children from the Nordic countries

Gunnhildur Óskarsdóttir, Finnur Lützen, Ane Fleischer, Britta Lohmann, Roar Kråkenes

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftKonferenceabstrakt til konferenceForskning


The paper explores preliminary findings of a research carried out by members in the Nordplus netværk Alka-net ( to see what kind of ideas 6 years old children in the Nordic countries have about the human body e.g. structure and location of bones and organs (heart, lungs, stomach and brain ect.) and the function of these before being taught about it formally at school. The research idea builds on and aims at extending further ideas emerging from an Icelandic PhD study: The development of children’s ideas about the body: How these ideas change in a teaching environment (Gunnhildur Óskarsdóttir, 2006). Twenty 6 years old children in each country are chosen and asked to draw the bones and the organs in the body. The drawings are analysed by using special scales (Reiss and Tunnicliffe, 1999). Each child is also asked about the names of the organs they draw.
The aim of the research is to see if there is a difference between the ideas of children in the different Nordic countries and if so what kind of difference. The aim is also to make a joint project between the countries and to develop in the light of the results a programme for teacher education in the teaching institutions involved in the Nordplus Alka netværk.
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StatusUdgivet - 2008
Udgivet eksterntJa