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An investigation of preschoolers' naive biological theory of the human body in understanding the cause of death from a psycology of education perspective

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dc.contributor.advisor De Witt, M.W. (Marike W.)
dc.contributor.author Vlok, Milandre
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-15T06:56:36Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-15T06:56:36Z
dc.date.issued 2010-03
dc.identifier.citation Vlok, Milandre (2010) An investigation of preschoolers' naive biological theory of the human body in understanding the cause of death from a psycology of education perspective, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/3675> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/3675
dc.description.abstract This research study investigated preschoolers' naive theory of the human body in understanding the cause of death. The empirical investigation showed that urban and suburban preschoolers (ages 5 and 6) have an understanding of a naive theory of the human body and that some do make reference to a 'vitalistic causality' in explaining organ function. Furthermore, most of the participants gave an external explanation for the cause of death (e.g. gunshots, poison, sticks), but those participants who gave an internal (biological) explanation for the cause of death were well-informed about the biological teleology of body organs. These findings conclude that education, socio-economic factors and culture influence the acquisition of a naive theory of biology. The need for guidance to educators, in explaining the concept of death to preschoolers, was further emphasised. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 107 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Early childhood en
dc.subject Cognitive development en
dc.subject Vitalistic causality and biological telelogy en
dc.subject Death
dc.subject Causality
dc.subject A naive theory of biology
dc.subject.ddc 150.1896
dc.subject.lcsh Child psychology -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Children and death
dc.subject.lcsh Biology -- Philosophy
dc.subject.lcsh School psychology -- South Africa
dc.title An investigation of preschoolers' naive biological theory of the human body in understanding the cause of death from a psycology of education perspective en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Educational Studies
dc.description.degree M.Ed. (Psychology of Education)


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