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Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(3), 95; doi:10.3390/socsci6030095

A Study Regarding the Representation of the Sun in Young Children’s Spontaneous Drawings

Faculty of Education Bilbao, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, Barrio Sarriena, s/n, Leioa 48940, Bizkaia, Spain
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Received: 29 July 2017 / Revised: 17 August 2017 / Accepted: 17 August 2017 / Published: 22 August 2017
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Drawing has historically been the preeminent way of portraying the observations of the sun. The study of the early stages of the development of astronomical thought and the examination of human graphic expression indicate this. With that in mind, it is interesting to note that young children very frequently draw the sun in their spontaneous depictions and, also, that there are preliminary indications that this fact might be related to their conceptual development. This study examines 279 pictures that children aged 4 to 8 spontaneously depicted, paying particular attention to their solar representations and the relationship that they have with other pictorial elements. The data is also related to children’s understanding of the inanimate nature of the sun. The results lend weight to the assumption that children do not draw the sun without intent and allow for adding fresh data to the growing body of research showing the importance of considering young children’s graphical expression when it comes to gaining insight into their understanding regarding natural phenomena. View Full-Text
Keywords: early education; astronomical thinking; natural phenomena; children’s drawings; science education early education; astronomical thinking; natural phenomena; children’s drawings; science education
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Villarroel, J.D.; Villanueva, X. A Study Regarding the Representation of the Sun in Young Children’s Spontaneous Drawings. Soc. Sci. 2017, 6, 95.

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