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ERIC Number: EJ1158481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2331-0464
"It Vapors up Like This": Children Making Sense of Embodied Illustrations of Evaporation at a Swedish School
Karlsson, Anneli Bergnell
International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, v5 n1 p39-56 Fall 2017
Recent educational legislative acts and public debates in Sweden stress the importance of preschools providing playful and meaningful activities to enhance early experiences in environmental and natural science (e.g., Ministry of Education and Research, 2016). The present study investigates three 5-6 year old children making meaning of the concept of evaporation during an environmental water-theme. Illustrations, in which the participants own bodies were used to explain this concept were selected for further analysis and scrutinized with respect to Vygotsky's (1987) theories of how spontaneous and scientific concepts are linked together. The results tentatively suggest that the teacher's producing and the children's reproducing of embodied illustrations were beneficial for the children's emerging scientific sense making. By sticking to the play-based and theme-oriented preschool tradition the teacher avoided adopting a subject-oriented, school-like way to deal with an environmental phenomenon.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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