Exploring early graders’ preconceptions about air within non-formal settings



The present paper is a meta-analysis of the implementation of the science education program “Thunderbolt hunt” at the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina. During this program students approach the concept of air through play-based actions. The goal of the paper is to explore first and second-grade primary students’ preconceptions about air and to classify them according to Laurandeau and Pinard’s categorization. Based on the results, students’ preconceptions about air are consistent with the literature’s, highlighting the importance of identifying and addressing students’ preconceptions in organized context. The present paper demonstrates students’ readiness to work on their preconceptions developing precursor models and moving from the everyday concepts towards more scientific.


Preconceptions, air, Archaeological Museum of Ioannina, pre-causal thinking

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