LAS NOCIONES DE LOS NIÑOS ACERCA DE LO VIVO. IMPLICACIONES DIDÁCTICAS
Castaño Cuellar, Norma Constanza
Leudo Arenas, Mireya
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The article takes some of the results from the research “Biological thinking andcommunicative development in children”. The results indicate that children have acoherent thinking about the notion alive, eventhough it is obviously different from thescientific concept. This coherence is demonstrated when children try to define thenotion of being alive in doing so, they use the most evident traits such as movement.Besides, their thinking gradually pays attention to other characteristics, equally evident,such as growth, feeding needs, reproduction and death.The paper states that in spite of the fact that they have the same age, they are in thesame educational institution and they are in the same grade, this children do not have aunique nor simple criteria, to define the notion of alive. Their thinking is not simple; it hascertain complexity and shows that they have their own vision of the meaning of beingalive. This vision is different from the adult’s vision and, obviously quite different fromthe scientific concept academically accepted. Nevertheless, these children are actuallystructuring ideas about the holistic nature of living beings and their relations with theenvironment.
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