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ERIC Number: EJ799197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Using Cultural Tools to Develop Scientific Literacy of Young Mexican American Preschoolers
Riojas-Cortez, Mari; Huerta, Mary Esther; Flores, Belinda Bustos; Perez, Bertha; Clark, Ellen Riojas
Early Child Development and Care, v178 n5 p527-536 Jul 2008
Building on the home cultural practices related to science can facilitate scientific literacy development of preschoolers. Using a sociocognitive and sociocultural approach and "funds of knowledge" as a theoretical framework, this article describes how Mexican American parents and young children identified the science concepts and knowledge learned from common activities found in their homes through the Family Institute for Early Literacy Development. Science skills and concepts were found in many activities related to Mexican American cultural practices such as gardening, cooking and home remedies. Parents were informed of the type of scientific readiness knowledge that schools expect children to bring from home, and in turn parents were able to explain to their children those concepts during the institute and at home. The success of the institute is founded on the opportunity given to parents to understand and implement school expectations for their young children. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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