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Singaporean and Australian Students' Understanding of Vision


Jones, BL and Sprod, TJ and Collis, KF and Watson, JM, Singaporean and Australian Students' Understanding of Vision, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 17, (2) pp. 85-101. ISSN 0218-8791 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/02188799708547764


A model for the development of an understanding of how people see has been proposed on the basis of a questionnaire and interview study of a cross-section of Australian school students. The model, based on the SOLO model of cognitive development (Collis & Biggs, 1991), involves the building of connections between the eye, light and the object seen in the Ikonic and Concrete Symbolic modes of cognitive functioning. In order to assess the viability of the model across cultures, the questionnaire was administered to 116 primary and secondary school students in Singapore. This paper reports some details of how the model was supported in its most important respects. The few discrepancies might be explained in terms of environmental, linguistic and/or teaching factors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Learning sciences
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jones, BL (Dr Brian Jones)
UTAS Author:Sprod, TJ (Dr Tim Sprod)
UTAS Author:Watson, JM (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:10249
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Early Childhood and Primary Education
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-11

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