B – From Flowers to Fruits

Schussler E E. From Flowers to Fruits: How children’s books represent plant reproduction. International Journal of Science Education 2008;30(12):1677-1696

Children’s books about science may be playing an increasing role in science instruction. However, the potential effects on student learning are unknown. To investigate whether a subset of books would be appropriate for classroom instruction about plant reproduction, a selection of children’s books about plants was analysed to identify how plant reproduction was portrayed and whether the book could generate misconceptions about the topic. As inaccuracies were found the books, authors suggest that content experts should analyse children’s books in their area of specialty and provide teachers with recommendations about the use of the books in classrooms.