ERIC Number: ED388453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Improving the Preschooler's Science Knowledge and Skills through Hands-on Activities.
A practicum project designed a preschool science curriculum and requisite environment to improve students' enjoyment and interest in science. Based on teacher- and parent-questionnaire results, it was determined that student science attitudes were not positive; that students seldom had opportunities to explore, discover, and solve problems; and that the students' curiosity was inhibited by preconceived ideas about insects and rodents. Lack of parent participation and teachers' insecurity with teaching science concepts added to the problem. The solution strategy included developing science concepts as an integral part of each classroom learning center, using a multidisciplinary approach; planning extensive field trips; producing three plays; encouraging parent involvement; and organizing a science fair as part of a city-wide conference for parents, teachers, and the community. Evaluation results indicated that students can and do show an enthusiasm for science activities, that hands-on experiences do increase science vocabulary, that students willingly contribute to science activities, and that they can explain their science activities to others. Much of the success of the practicum was attributed to the outdoor experiences that students had at the park and on field trips to farms, nature centers, and museums. (Four appendices contain checklists for science attitudes, science vocabulary, contribution to the science center, and for explaining science activities. Contains 35 references.) (HTH)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Discovery Learning, Discovery Processes, Experiential Learning, Field Trips, Hands on Science, Inner City, Learning Centers (Classroom), Outdoor Education, Parent Participation, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Science Activities, Science Curriculum, Science Fairs, Science Instruction, Science Interests, Scientific Concepts, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum II Report, Nova Southeastern University.