ERIC Number: ED293652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Increasing the Intensity of Science Instruction in the Half-Day Kindergarten.
An early childhood specialist teaching kindergarten classes in a small city in the northeast designed this practicum to improve the science instruction provided kindedrgarten children. Practicum goals were to: (1) increase the effectiveness of the kindergarten science program by providing science experiences based on the recognition of the importance of the active involvement of children in learning activities; (2) develop children's process skills; (3) utilize the natural environment; and (4) stimulate children's inherent curiosity. To achieve these goals, a program of Child Initiated Study was introduced in which children were encouraged to contribute to the science area an item about which they wanted to learn more. Items the children were curious about became the topic of in-depth instruction for a week. Knowledge was shared and hands-on activities were planned that focused on the selected topic. Concurrently, children's process skills were developed through participation in specific activities in three study areas. A Science Open House was organized for parent and child participation. Evaluation data demonstrate the success of the study. Lesson plans are appended. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.