ERIC Number: ED444833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-30
Fostering Wonder in Young Children: Baseline Study of Two First Grade Classrooms.
McWilliams, M. Susan
This study seeks answers for the questions: How do young children express wonder and curiosity in the classroom culture? and How do teachers of young children foster wonder and curiosity? Teacher behavior has an effect on students, fostering students' curiosity and wonder or the opposite. This study also explores the efficiency of an observation instrument used to assess the state of wonder and curiosity. In young children, wonder is highly inherited and for adults in certain professions like scientists and artists, highly valued and cultivated. (Contains 47 references.) (YDS)
Descriptors: Curiosity, Early Childhood Education, Grade 1, Inquiry, Instruction, Primary Education, Science Education, Science Process Skills, Scientific Literacy, Teacher Behavior
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Boston, MA, March 28-31, 1999).