ERIC Number: ED368575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Shadow Is There and You Just Can't See It--A Learning Environment for Young Children To Investigate Shadows.
The development of appropriate science learning environments for young children is an urgent and justifiable concern of many. By applying combined features of cooperative learning and informal inquiry to an investigation of shadow formation, researchers were able to observe closely the natural behaviors adopted by twenty-seven students aged 7-9 years old as they engaged in a quest to understand the scientific task placed before them. Four research questions were investigated: (1) How does this learning environment support children as socially and personally responsible communicators, social constructors of knowledge, and inquirers without expectations of external rewards?; (2) Does the learning environment remain, as designed, inclusive?; (3) What ideas do some young children express about shadows before, during, and after our lessons?; and (4) What are some probes which can assist children to question their ideas about shadows and indicate whether conceptual learning about shadow formation has occurred, or is occurring? The results were used to hypothesize that environments designed to promote holistic social, emotional, and conceptual learning of physical science in young children, may eventually attract committed and ethical students to scientific careers and lead to questioning societal norms which define some groups as without power or hope. (ZWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Shadows
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Anaheim, CA, March 1994).