Greek 'Fascination of Plants Day 2012, University of Crete, The Magic World of Plants
CONFERENCE PROGRAMME 12:30-12:45 Nature Explores09:00-09:15 Fascination of Plants and Science Education in Early Sofia Kanaki, Marina-Adriana Mbouna, Eleni StavrakaChildhood Education University of Crete - Department of Preschool Education Michail Kalogiannakis Lecturer - University of Crete, Faculty of Education Department of Preschool Education 12:45-13:00 Travelling to the magical world of plants! Ioanna Liakou, Filoxeni Magdalinou University of Crete - Department of Preschool Education09:15-11:15 Psychology of Plants and Their Secret World: Myth orReality? 13:00-13:15 Experiments to stimulate English city youngsters interest in Marios Pourkos Plants Professor, University of Crete, Faculty of Education Bob Wright Head of Biology at North London comprehensive school11:15-11:35 Learning the native plants at the University Campus Marianna Kalaitsidaki 13:15-13:30 Children through four seasons Assistant Professor, University of Crete – Department of Primary Education Zacharenia Karampini, Johanna Tzanaki University of Crete - Department of Preschool Education11:35-12:00 The garden that we planted … Marina Paterakis, Hro Xolxlidaki, Maria Vavouraki, Katerina Diplaraki, Valia Skoufou 13:30-13:45 Exploring the natural environment Teachers of the Preschool Education Center “Small Laboratory” Myrto Koumantou, Despina Χatzistavridou University of Crete - Department of Preschool Education 13:45-14:00 Plants: Our friends! Katerina Agnandi, Konstantina Kourou University of Crete - Department of Preschool Education12:00-12:30 Break - Music- “Sharing” - “Promise” 14:00 -… Peripatetic learning in the nature of Gallos Campus with dialogue about the plants - Closure of the conference Marianna Kalaitsidaki, Marios Pourkos, Michail Kalogiannakis University of Crete, Faculty of Education
ABSTRACTSFascination of Plants and Science Education in Early Childhood Education Michail Kalogiannakis Lecturer - University of Crete, Faculty of Education Department of Preschool EducationThe fascinating world of plants is associated with activities from the didactics of NaturalSciences for the Preschool Education in a journey of emotions, sounds and images. Thereal and virtual seeds that are planted are an effort to try to touch the sensitive hearts ofchildren and ours. Through systematic instructive interventions and collaboration ofpreschool teachers and students, children study the natural environment in which we live,contact with plants; study the benefits of nature in our lives and ways to protect ourenvironment. In this conference, we share our love for plants and will reflex for all thatwe have materialised up to today for the plants and the environment. We give a promisefor a ‘‘dynamic involvement in love’’ for the plants and the environment in the nearfuture.Psychology of Plants and Their Secret World: Myth or Reality? Marios Pourkos Professor, University of Crete, School of Education Department of Pre-School Education, Director of the Laboratory of Psychological Research and of the Unit of Ecological Psychology and Experiential, Heuristic and Dialogic/Communicative Psychopedagogy"Love, joy, fear, pleasure, pain, frustration, surprise and even a number of responses tostimuli are observed in the behavior of plants like in the behavior of animals." These arethe words of Jagadis Chundra Bose, the first Indian scholar who excelled in modernscience and is internationally recognized for his studies in physics, physiology andpsychology. Bose, who started developing these claims since the early 20th century untilhe died in1937 He believed that what we find in man we meet also in plants. Theseclaims have been forgotten by scientists of the Western world and some thirty years later,in 1966, appeared again in the work of American researcher Cleve Backster in NewYork, a criminologist of the CIA and specialist in lie detection, who totally coincidentallywas interested in the "potential" of plants. Backster had the unusual idea of connecting ahouse plant to his lie detector to see if the plant would respond with a galvanic skin reflex(GSR) to the death of a living organism nearby. Backster reasoned that, should the plantrespond, we would have a new crime-fighting weapon; plants could be used as crimewitnesses. Long after his first experiments, Backster studied the research findings ofBose, which seemed quite similar to his own. Backster recognized the scientific work ofBose, and mentioned it in his article, titled "Evidence of a Primary Perception in PlantLife", published in International Journal of Parapsychology, vol. 10, no. 4, Winter 1968,pp. 329-348. According to the Backster’s experiments, based on the logic of the liedetector, plants react to threats and thoughts of people reaching the conclusion that theyhave consciousness, experiencing a wide range of emotions and thoughts and, also, thatthey can communicate and read human thought. The presentation aims to summarise theresearch findings of Bose and Backster and the critique that is done. It shows anddiscusses the life of plants using film material with computer animations, fiber optics andunique time-lapse photography which reveals the magic and private world of plants. It isfascinating how this world seems to be as dramatic, adventurous and full of surprises likeanimals’ world including and humans.
Learning the native plants at the University Campus Experiments to stimulate English city youngsters interest in Plants Marianna Kalaitzidaki Bob Wright Assistant Professor - University of Crete - Department of Primary Education Head of Biology at North London comprehensive schoolCrete, despite its small size has 1700 different plant species, 170 of which are endemic. Until quite recently, gardening has not been seen as “cool”. Central urban children inPart of this rich biodiversity, we can see here at the University of Crete, Gallou Campus. England often have no garden. Rich suburban families often have a professionalIn the spring months March and April, beautiful surprises are in store for the initiated. gardener. When children hear Dad moaning about mowing the lawn again, they getShrubs in full bloom and wild flowers like cyclamen, irises, orchids of the genus negative empathies. In the framework of this presentation we will present some of theOphrys, and Orchis, one step away from the lecture halls and our offices, await for us to ways and simple experiments, we use to provide stimulation in science lessons atget to know them, to appreciate them and, who knows, may in the future even want to different ages.protect them. Children through four seasons Zacharenia Karampini, Johanna Tzanaki University of Crete - Department of Preschool EducationThe garden that we planted … Marina Pateraki, Iro Chochlidaki, Maria Vavouraki, Katerina Diplaraki, Children experience the magic of plants through four seasons as they appear in children Valia Skoufou literature, arts and their experience. The project has the duration of one week and will Τeachers of the Preschool Education Center “Small Laboratory” consist of theoretical and practical activities for kindergarten children aged four to six years.Our engagement with the 4 elements of nature, Air, Water, Fire, Earth and theinvolvement of parents in the program of activities of the Preschool Educational Center“Small Laboratory” (in Greek “Mikro Ergastiri”) led to the creation of the project on thesubject ‘‘The garden that we planted”. The trees, the plants and the herbs, were certainof the elements that were studied during this project. Exploring the natural environment Myrto Koumantou, Despina Χatzistavridou University of Crete - Department of Preschool Education Utilizing a four-day teaching intervention is a systematic effort to make the children appreciate the natural environment in which we live. Substantially, we bring them intoNature Explores contact with nature, we study the benefits of nature in our lives and how to protect Sofia Kanaki, Marina-Adriana Mbouna, Eleni Stavraka nature. University of Crete - Faculty of Education - Department of Preschool EducationChildren were encouraged to plant seeds, experiencing the process of sowing and wechatted to the company about the world of plants. We viewed a short video, and then the Plants: Our friends!children used their bodies to represent the growth of plants. Continuing they were Katerina Agnandi, Konstantina Kouroudivided into groups where they used visual imaging of nature, and experimented with University of Crete - Department of Preschool Educationcolour from plants and herbs. Finally the children created a summary activities book. Our aim is the childrens active participation in the educational procedure through experimental and visual activities. More specifically we will initially focus on a discussion of the day, to look at the childrens knowledge of this topic. After that it will follow the construction of a poster for the importance of the plants in our lives and of flowers from various materials. It will also finish with a theatrical game about the plantTravelling to the magical world of plants! growth and planting flowers. Ioanna Liakou, Filoxeni Magdalinou University of Crete - Department of Preschool Education Contact: Michail Kalogiannakis, Lecturer, Department of Preschool Education, University of Crete. Secretary: Student’s group of the seminar SPA110.We present the actions and effects of plants to the environment and humans. We use the Graphics: Konstantinos Νyktaris, Specialized Laboratorial Staff, Drama and Visual Artsorange tree and its products, demonstrating how to make an orange drink! Endemic Laboratory, Department of Preschool Education, University of Crete.species and fairy-tales with plants are also used. We will portray as well as an Technical support: Nikos Kapelonis, George Tournakis, Network Group, Faculty of Education,experiment of colouring flowers and we will show flowers made of paper. University of Crete. Sponsor: Klapsinakis Bookstore.