An examination of types and usefulness of analogies generated by upper primary school students - A case study

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Title: An examination of types and usefulness of analogies generated by upper primary school students - A case study
Author: Maharaj-Sharma, Rawatee
Abstract: This article discusses the nature, type, and usefulness of analogies generated by upper primary school students. It looks at the range of analogies upper primary school students generate and how they use them to develop conceptual understandings. Fifty-five Standard 4 students were asked to generate analogies during a science unit of work and to complete a Perceptions Questionnaire about the instructional utility of the analogies they generated. A number of different analogies were generated by the students and while many students indicated that analogies represented a fun and interesting way to learn science concepts, some of the students preferred the use of summaries and worked examples, and suggested that these were more effective in helping them to develop scientific conceptual understandings
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/12711
Date: 2011-12


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