The influence of project-based curricula on six year-old preschoolers’ conceptual development

Neriman Aral1, Adalet Kandir2, Aynur Butun Ayhan1, Munevver Can Yasar3
1Ankara University, Turkey
2Gazi University, Turkey
3Afyon Kocatepe University, Turkey
Cite this article:  Aral, N., Kandir, A., Ayhan, A., & Yasar, M. (2010). The influence of project-based curricula on six year-old preschoolers’ conceptual development. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 38, 1073-1080.

Volume 38 Issue 8 | e2056 | Published: September 2010 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2010.38.8.1073

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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.

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