Characterization of minerals based on geological criteria by children in early school years in a non-formal educational setting

AIKATERINI PARISSI, ANGELIKI LAOURDEKI, DIMITRIS KOLIOPOULOS

Abstract

This research is related to the design and evaluation of an educational intervention that focuses on classification of minerals based on geological criteria. A sample of 17 children at the age of 6-7 years participated in the intervention, which took place at the Mineralogy Laboratory of the University of Patras. The results demonstrate that the children have made a cognitive progress since they were able to classify minerals on the basis of their physical properties (color, transparency, luminescence) as a consequence of their participation in the intervention.

Keywords

Early childhood education, minerals, non-formal education, educational intervention

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.26220/une.3079

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Educational Journal of the University of Patras UNESCO Chair | ISSN: 2241-9152 | Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education University of Patras

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