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Den flöt ner! Den var så tung!: En undersökning om barns tankar kring varför olika föremål flyter eller sjunker i olika vätskor
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
It floated down! It was so heavy! : A study on children’s thoughts of objects floating or sinking in different liquids (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med studien var att undersöka barns tankar kring varför olika föremål flyter eller sjunker i olika vätskor. Åtta förskolebarn mellan fem och sex år deltog i undersökningen. Barnen intervjuades i mindre grupper i samband med att de genomförde ett experiment kring densitet. Resultatet visar att barnen framförallt förklarar att vätskorna flyter på varandra för att de har olika vikt och olika egenskaper. Att föremålen flyter på olika ställen förklarar de också med att föremålen har olika vikt, men även med att föremålen fastnar eller att storleken bestämmer om föremålet flyter eller sjunker i vätskorna. Studien visar att barnen har många olika tankar kring varför något flyter eller sjunker men de har inte en korrekt vetenskaplig förklaring till fenomenet. Däremot har de sannolikt erövrat andra kunskaper och erfarenheter som de kan återkomma och relatera till vid andra tillfällen. Genom att synliggöra barnens tankar, blir det troligtvis lättare att som pedagog i förskolan stötta barnens utveckling och lärande. 

Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to investigate children’s thoughts about objects flotation in different liquids. Eight preschool children aged five to six years were included in the study. Qualitative interviews in small groups have been conducted with the children in an experiment on density. The result shows that the children explained the liquids flotation due to differences in weight and different characteristics. Furthermore, the objects flotation was also explained with the objects weight, but also that the objects can get stuck or that size of the object decides whether it will float or sink in the liquids. The study shows that the children have many thoughts about why some objects floats and some will sink, but they don’t have a proper scientific explanation for the phenomenon. On the other hand, they probably received other skills and experiences that they can return and relate to in other situations. By studying the children's thoughts, it probably will be easier to support children's development and learning as an educator in preschool.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 18
Keywords [en]
Children's thoughts, float, sink, experiment, density
Keywords [sv]
Barns tankar, flyta, sjunka, experiment, densitet
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66162OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-66162DiVA, id: diva2:1181277
Subject / course
Applied Pedagogy
Educational program
Early Years Education Programme, 210 hp
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Available from: 2018-02-09 Created: 2018-02-08 Last updated: 2018-02-09Bibliographically approved

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