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ERIC Number: EJ1019456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
Young Children's "Working Theories": Building and Connecting Understandings
Hedges, Helen
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v12 n1 p35-49 Feb 2014
Young children are keenly motivated to inquire into and make meaning about their worlds. This article discusses "working theories", one of two indicative learning outcomes of the New Zealand early childhood curriculum, "Te Whariki". Working theories occur as children attempt to find connections between their experiences and understandings to make sense of their worlds. The article proffers several sociocultural theoretical bases for understanding and developing this under-explored construct. Specifically, the concept of working theories is proposed as a way children connect, edit, extend and deal with new or discrepant pieces of knowledge in endeavours to build their understandings. To substantiate this argument, examples of children's working theories from a qualitative study of young children's interests and inquiries are provided. A "spiral of knowing" provides a concept to further theorise processes of children's knowledge connections and meaning making. Implications for early childhood teachers' knowledge and practice and future research are described.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A