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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Elementary Education

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Young children's understanding of the water cycle was investigated. Sixty children were individually interviewed using the "Survey of Understanding of the Water Cycle." The answers were then scored according to a scale of Four Levels of UnderstanDing A t-test and chi-square test were run. Answers were carefully examined to determine how much young children understand about the water cycle, to see what misconceptions they have about the water cycle, and to compare children's understanding of the water cycle between those children who live in a desert region and those children who live in a mountainous region. The results indicate that nearly half of the children are completely confused about the water cycle, according to my operational definition. Further explanations of their understanding are given. Other misconceptions are also found among the children. However, the findings support the hypothesis is that the children who live in the mountains better understand the water cycle than young children who live in the desert.


Childhood; Cycle; Early; Study; Water

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Science--Study and teaching; Early childhood education; Curriculum planning

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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