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ERIC Number: ED403055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Quality Science Investigation in the Early Years.
Sood, Krishan
Children develop investigative skills, a spirit of inquiry, and an understanding of science within an educational context of first-hand experience and purposeful play. This article explores the issue of quality in science instruction for young children, placing it within the larger framework of quality in early childhood education. The article begins with a look at the business principles of total quality management (TQM), asserting that they have relevance for primary education, particularly when teachers are viewed as managers. It next moves into a generalized discussion of good educational practice promoting active learning, before exploring the key features of an effective quality assurance system and teachers' role in its promotion of active learning. The article next describes and evaluates a grade-one science investigation, which involved children's observation and speculation on various characteristics of kiwis and noodles. The constructivist view of learning is then evaluated as it relates to quality science instruction. The article concludes with a brief description of Britain's 1993-94 OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) findings on the state of science instruction in primary schools. Contains 22 references. (EV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom