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ERIC Number: EJ795540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Physical Science in Constructivist Early Childhood Classrooms
Kato, Tsuguhiko; Van Meeteren, Beth Dykstra
Childhood Education, v84 n4 p234 Sum 2008
Teachers at the Freeburg Early Childhood Program know that experimentation with physical science is of great interest to young children, and can begin as early as the age of 3. The constructivist teachers at this experimental school at the University of Northern Iowa worked for six years to develop a center-based approach to physical science with young children. Kamii and DeVries (1993) define physical knowledge activities as those in which children experiment and figure out how things work in the physical world. In these activities, children act on objects to produce desired effects and observe the objects' reactions. In this article, the authors illustrate how such activities can be implemented in the classroom to foster young children's thinking and reasoning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa