ERIC Number: ED414091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Science Education in Early Childhood (March 9-April 18, 1997). Report on Course.
Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Centre, Haifa (Israel).
This document is a report on a 6-week course on science education in early childhood programs. Attending the conference in Israel were 30 participants representing 21 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. Teaching methods included lectures, workshops, small group activities, professional study visits, and a re-entry workshop to assist participants in returning to their places of employment. Topics included in the course were: (1) the use of media; (2) a rationale for science education in preschool and kindergarten; (3) emotional, cognitive, and language development in early childhood; (4) the Matal Science Program; (5) case-based reasoning and thinking events; (6) making tools for understanding simple scientific concepts; (7) activities with plants; (8) effective communication with parents; (9) using birds to expand children's understanding of their proximal environment; and (10) gender and development. The course included field trips to kindergartens, a science and media center, and other educational settings. Participants also completed individual projects involving the integration of science into the daily early childhood curriculum, creating a kindergarten science curriculum, or using thinking events to teach science. Opportunities to visit holy and historical sites in Israel were arranged for the weekends. Course evaluation results indicated that participants were satisfied with the content and level of the course, valued the opportunity to meet colleagues from different cultures, and were pleased to visit the holy and historical sites of Israel. (Appendices include the list of participants, course schedule and materials, evaluation questionnaire, and the text of the closing ceremony speech made on behalf of the course participants.) (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Course Evaluation, Courses, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Program Descriptions, Science Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem.
Authoring Institution: Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Centre, Haifa (Israel).