ERIC Number: ED370691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Why Won't My Torch Work? Physics for 4 to 8 Year Olds. Australian Early Childhood Resource Booklets No. 1.
Young children in Australia enter early childhood education settings eager to make sense of the world that surrounds them. Their interest in every day experiences is evident in the range of questions asked, many of which are scientific in nature. Intended as a resource for adults working with 4-to 8-year-old children, this booklet provides an example (the workings of a flashlight i.e., torch) of how science education can be fostered in early childhood. Although electricity is featured, the approach advocated can be transferred to any other area of scientific interest that may arise during children's interactions in early childhood. Detailed information is given on an interactive method of teaching the topic of electricity, a topic usually not introduced to young children. Information on the procedure for teaching and an extensive resource list are also provided. The basic physics of circuits is provided as background information for the topic, and the booklet cautions that similar background information should be collected first when applying the approach advocated to other topics of interest in the physical sciences. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Electric Circuits, Electricity, Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Experiments, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Watson, Australian Capital Territory 2602, Australia ($6.25 Australian).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.
Identifiers: Australia; Interactive Teaching