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ERIC Number: EJ1155066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
How the Fair Test Nearly Killed Enquiry
Nickels, Juliet
Primary Science, n142 p27-29 Mar 2016
In this article, Juliet Nickels explores the importance of content and exploration in a child- and enquiry-led curriculum. During British Science Week, Nickels runs science week at Coten End Primary School, culminating in an exhibition. Leading up to the school's science week in 2015, she ran staff meetings to clarify purpose and logistics, and she discovered that many teachers held a narrow view of enquiry: scientific questions that must be answered with a fair test. She explains how she broached different ways of initiating enquiry in the classroom, based on sparking and developing the children's own interests.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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