ERIC Number: ED119872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
The Black Child and Science.
The young black child can learn many lessons through involvement in science activities. For example, science activities reinforce cooperative skills black children acquire in play, aid in the development of concepts about the world, offer opportunities for parental involvement, and should provide the black child with an acceptable avenue for questioning adults, as well as an avenue into adult/child discussions. However, teachers frequently do not implement science activities with such children due to a lack of motivation for teaching science, goals, materials and equipment, and knowledge of appropriate teaching techniques. Reasons for teaching science additionally include cultivating children's curiosity; developing a questioning, logical mind; and promoting the capacity for imaginative reflection. Science activities should aim toward developing children's skills through the process of manipulating materials and reasoning to conclusions. Outdoor resources for science activities are numerous even in the inner city, and most classrooms have much of the equipment needed for many basic science projects. In teaching science, teachers should change their role from answer-giver to question-asker, begin with black children at their individual levels and within their familiar environment, facilitate children's development with concrete materials, and encourage them to talk about their discoveries. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Center for Professional Development.