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Errors and inaccuracies about celestial bodies in the Greek texts of children’s fiction books about atmospheric pollution

Dimitra Kazantzidou 1 , Konstantinos T. Kotsis 1 *
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1 Department of Primary Education, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, GREECE* Corresponding Author
International Journal of Professional Development, Learners and Learning, 5(2), 2023, ep2314,
Published: 02 October 2023
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This paper examines children’s fiction books on air pollution in terms of the accuracy of their content in the representation of celestial bodies. The qualitative content analysis identifies and records in the text of 18 books passages containing errors and inaccuracies about celestial bodies. The passages are organized and presented in a category system while also being linked to the possible alternative ideas they may generate in children. The results show that the Earth, the planets, the Sun, and the stars are only sometimes represented based on scientific standards. Finally, the common errors and inaccuracies are presented. At the same time, suggestions are made for using these books in teaching and learning in science and environmental education in order to avoid misconceptions from their students.


Kazantzidou, D., & Kotsis, K. T. (2023). Errors and inaccuracies about celestial bodies in the Greek texts of children’s fiction books about atmospheric pollution. International Journal of Professional Development, Learners and Learning, 5(2), ep2314.


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