Astronomy Education for Preschool Children: Exploring the Sky

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Serkan Timur Eylem Yalçınkaya-Önder Betül Timur Belemir Özeş

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The aim of this study was to examine the effectiveness of astronomy activities in science education with kindergarten children through semi-structured interviews. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the children before and after the implementation of the activities. Five activities about astronomy were conducted for five weeks in practice. A total of 15 kindergarten children participated in the study (age range 60 to 72 months), including 7 boys and 8 girls. Semi-structured interviews were individually conducted, digitally recorded, transcribed, and analyzed by the researchers of the study. The related data were collected by semi-structured interviews prepared by the researchers of the study. It was revealed that preschool children were curious about ‘Discovery of the Sky’ subject. They were interested and enthusiastic to learn the subject matter and they were positively affected by the practices. It has been concluded that new concepts related to the subject of ’Discovery of the Sky’ have developed by using different methods and techniques.

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TIMUR, Serkan et al. Astronomy Education for Preschool Children: Exploring the Sky. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 4, p. 383-389, apr. 2020. ISSN 1307-9298. Available at: <https://iejee.com/index.php/IEJEE/article/view/1072>. Date accessed: 04 june 2020.
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