ERIC Number: EJ786691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Educative Experiences and Early Childhood Science Education: A Deweyan Perspective on Learning to Observe
Howes, Elaine V.
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n3 p536-549 Apr 2008
This paper is a report of work conducted at an urban elementary professional development school in the eastern US. John Dewey's explication of "educative experiences" is applied to describe curriculum involving small animals as a basis for teaching science inquiry processes, particularly the process of observation. The analysis is qualitative and interpretive; the data consist of observations, transcripts of science study group meetings, and interviews with five participating teachers in grades kindergarten through third. A principal objective of this analysis is to provide recommendations concerning how we might help preservice elementary teachers create effective approaches to science curricula that utilize real-world science experiences to inspire and develop children's learning in science.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Professional Development Schools, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Urban Education, Qualitative Research, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Science, Instructional Effectiveness, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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