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ERIC Number: EJ1157007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Overcoming Barriers through the Use of the Familiar
Turner, William James
Primary Science, n137 p8-10 Mar 2015
There is no such thing as being "English-y" or "maths-y." One person may find English comes more naturally, but being naturally gifted at one subject does not make a person bad at the others. Just because we may find it more challenging to access certain content, this does not mean there is a barrier. William James Turner believes self-imposed barriers can be overcome by replacing the old "textbook method" of science with a more creative, discovery-led approach. This article discusses how to overcome barriers to teaching in science. Turner suggests ways to overcome the barrier of language in teaching science, such as using the medium of animation to explore and develop vocabulary. He also suggests basing science work on familiar things, such as plants and animals. Children can see the science in real life and apply it at an early age when given the opportunity and experiences to do so. This approach deepens their skills, knowledge, and understanding in a science free from attitude-imposed barriers to teaching and learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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