Enhancing science education for young children: A contemporary initiative
Watters, James J., Diezmann, Carmel M., Grieshaber, Susan J., & Davis, Julie M. (2001) Enhancing science education for young children: A contemporary initiative. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 26(2), pp. 1-7.
A major challenge that faces teachers is how they can assist children to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to become scientifically literate citizens. Early childhood teachers are often hesitant about teaching science because they lack confidence in their conceptual knowledge and understandings of teaching science. This paper describes a professional development initiative, which enhances teachers’ understanding of science concepts, and supports their teaching of science. The workshops adopted a "child-centred" approach that was scaffolded by teacher educators. Thus, the teachers’ learning paralleled those exemplary experiences advocated for children. Feedback from teachers was overwhelmingly positive and teachers reported an increased motivation for teaching science coupled with a better understanding of contemporary strategies. By capitalising on personal experiences of investigation of everyday phenomena in the workshop, teachers were able to identify those contemporary approaches that are consistent with effective teaching of science and to understand why these approaches are effective.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Early childhood science, science education, professional develoment|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2001 Early Childhood Australia Inc.|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||04 Nov 2005 00:00|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 12:26|
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