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ERIC Number: EJ776602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Problem Solving: A Sensible Approach to Children's Science and Social Studies Learning--and beyond
West, Martha
Young Children, v62 n5 p34-41 Sep 2007
West outlines the scientific method as a proven problem-solving method for young children across the curriculum and in all areas of life and learning. She emphasizes that doing, thinking, and talking with peers when problem solving are as important as writing conclusions. The article walks readers through a second grade class's experiment in social problem solving using the scientific method: these children become experts in violence in children's tv programming. Rather than writing about their findings, children can represent them according to their strengths and skills, per Gardner's eight intelligences. West gives examples of other topics for a social problem-solving investigation. A sidebar explains and characterizes optimal discovery learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001