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The Influence of Project-Based Curricula on Six-Year-Old Preschoolers' Conceptual Development

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Abstract:

The aim in this study was to understand the effects of project-based curricula on 6-year-old preschool children's conceptual development. Two classes of 14 preschoolers were assigned at random, 1 to the experimental group and the other to the control group. The experimental children's group took part in project-based education for a total of 12 weeks while the control group followed the regular preschool curriculum. Data about the children's conceptual development were gathered using the Bracken Basic Concept Scale-Revised (Bracken, 1998), which was previously adapted for 6-year-old Turkish children by Bütün Ayhan and Aral (2007). The results revealed that all children improved their scores between the time of pretest and posttest, but there was a small difference in favor of the experimental group in the posttest scores.

Keywords: CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT; PRESCHOOL EDUCATION; PROJECT-BASED CURRICULA

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2010.38.8.1073

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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