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ERIC Number: EJ1036180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
How Nonfiction Reveals the Nature of Science
Zarnowski, Myra; Turkel, Susan
Children's Literature in Education, v44 n4 p295-310 Dec 2013
In this article, the authors consider whether children's trade books promote an authentic understanding of the nature of science. They begin by discussing the characteristics of the nature of science and then examine existing research in children's science books for evidence of the visibility of these features. They describe the problems science educators have with literature that constructs what has been called an "architecture of scientific myths." Instead, the authors suggest using the literature of inquiry, books that promote scientific understanding by developing an authentic context for science. The authors provide an indepth discussion of three exemplary books, each an example of the literature of inquiry. They end with suggestions for explicitly discussing the nature of science in children's nonfiction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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