Astronomy and geography

Michael Siegal

in Marvelous Minds

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582884
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702358 | DOI:
Astronomy and geography

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This chapter examines children's knowledge of the first exact science: astronomy. It addresses the questions: Do children begin by believing that the shape of the earth is flat and that the sun revolves around the earth; or are they capable of understanding that the earth is a round sphere which revolves around the sun? The chapter examines studies of children's understanding of astronomy and geography carried out in many different countries including America, Australia, Britain, and Sweden.

Keywords: earth shape; astronomy; children's understanding; geography; America; Australia; Britain; Sweden

Chapter.  9052 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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