Children’s understanding of curvilinear downward motion

Hast, Michael (2015) Children’s understanding of curvilinear downward motion. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences. ISSN 1877-0428 (In Press)

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Abstract

Previous recent work has outlined that throughout middle childhood the ability to integrate knowledge about horizontal and vertical motion dimensions in order to reason about motion down inclines appears to change with increasing age. To investigate this shift in more detail, this study investigated children’s understanding of motion down curved slopes by addressing the changing interaction of horizontal and vertical dimensions along a single trajectory. Across four different age groups children were asked to predict motions of balls down curved tubes by addressing both comparisons between balls (heavy and light) and between sections of the trajectory (shallow incline, intermediate incline, steep incline). The results suggest that children do integrate information from horizontal and fall when judging motion down inclines. Crucially, this integration changes with increasing age, implying a change in salience of support in the process of motion reasoning and the overall development of commonsense theories of motion. Potential implications for educational practice are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The study was supported by a research grant from St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Paper delivered at: 7th World Conference on Educational Sciences, (WCES-2015), 05-07 February 2015, Novotel Athens Convention Center, Athens, Greece
Uncontrolled Keywords: Curvilinear motion; Science education; Primary school; Commonsense theories
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 152 Perception, movement, emotions & drives
School/Department: School of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Michael Hast
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2015 13:31
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2015 15:20
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/871

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