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ERIC Number: EJ1168276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1554-480X
Conceptual Play and Science Inquiry: Using the 5E Instructional Model
Desouza, Josephine M. Shireen
Pedagogies: An International Journal, v12 n4 p340-353 2017
Play has been synonymous with early childhood education and is an important aspect of child development. Researchers have characterized and defined play from different perspectives. If play is an integral part of the early years what is its relationship to learning? This paper describes the development of conceptual play by using the pedagogy of the 5E instructional model and the role of conceptual play in learning science as viewed through the cultural-historical lens. The nature of science invokes the inquiry process and with the development of appropriate skills, young children understand simple phenomenon. Learning science in an early childhood setting is essential, as it lays the foundation to problem solving and critical thinking later in the process of schooling. Today, the demands of curricular standards and technology have made kindergarten readiness a necessity. As a result, play is slowly losing its place in the early childhood curriculum. Children should get an opportunity to be creative, joyful and engage in playful learning. The curriculum should afford learning opportunities that are meaningful and encourage the learning of science concepts through play. The child-centred pedagogy of the 5E instructional model lends itself to greater interactivity of the teacher and child, the environment and the social setting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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