Understanding how children learn science

Hickey, Ruth (2007) Understanding how children learn science. In: Dawson, Vaille, and Venville, Grady, (eds.) The Art of Teaching Primary Science. Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW, Australia, pp. 43-61.

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This chapter will take you through four key ideas about how children learn science, with particular attention to how their concepts develop. These key ideas are illustrated by topics which are included in many primary science curricula: the phases of the moon, heat energy, properties of materials and the seasons. For each topic, you will complete an activity and reflect on your own science concepts before asking children of different ages to do the same activity. By comparing their responses, you can identity what happens as children learn science. This skill is critical when planning effective programs which support children to develop their science concepts. An analysis for each activity is provided, and implications for effective, practical teaching are suggested.

Item ID: 2947
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: education; primary; learning; science; concept development; teaching strategies
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ISBN: 978-1-74175-289-2
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2009 04:37
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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