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PICCO-PROJECT: Past and Future

Annual Meeting of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA),


This paper describes the PICCO (PICtorial-COmputer) project the aim of which has been to study the development of the children's conceptual models and exploration strategies in the PICCO environment. The phenomenon, which was selected for the pictorial computer simulation, PICCO, was the variations of sunlight and the heat of the sun as experienced on earth related to the positions of the Earth and the Sun in space. The research experiments carried out in school and in day care centers, has found that children's exploration of the selected phenomenon using PICCO has supported the formation of children's conceptual models of the phenomenon in the direction of the currently accepted scientific knowledge. The results were discovered both in the situations where children explored the phenomenon using PICCO spontaneously without teaching and at school where children were taught at the same time about these phenomena. The new research is important because the earlier results brought out challenging and new findings especially concerning conceptual change in children's conceptual models of the astronomical phenomena. Future research will compare results especially with the theoretical model described in the author's earlier research and will take into account new aspects and perspectives. The PICCO project generates important theoretical knowledge for children's explorative learning, which is one of the most important skills for efficient lifelong learning. (Contains 22 references.) (Author)


Kangassalo, M. (1999). PICCO-PROJECT: Past and Future. Presented at Annual Meeting of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) 1999. Retrieved May 19, 2019 from .

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