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ERIC Number: EJ1120947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Investigating Early Years Teachers' Understanding and Response to Children's Preconceptions
Kambouri, Maria
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v24 n6 p907-927 2016
This paper focuses on young children's scientific preconceptions and discusses teachers' identification of these preconceptions when teaching science in the early years, on which research is still limited. This paper is based on the theoretical framework of constructivism and it defines preconceptions as children's erroneous concepts prior to formal education. A two phase case study approach was employed, facilitating in-depth investigation though the use of questionnaires, interviews and observations. The results indicate that the teachers did not dedicate time to identify children's preconceptions when planning and teaching science, even when acknowledging preconceptions' possible existence. This indicates a lack of appreciation of the importance of children's preconceptions of the consequences when ignoring them. The results also indicate the need for further training and professional development in relation to the teaching of early-years science, especially since only a very small percentage of early years teachers tend to study science during their years compulsory education. A number of suggestions are also provided that can be useful for practice and policy as well.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus
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