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ERIC Number: EJ857503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1054-0040
Creating a Curriculum that Fosters Scientific thought
Langley, Tilan
Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, v21 n3 p32-36 2009
Despite the progress in technology since the time of Maria Montessori, the science curriculum has been pushed aside slowly as teachers' focus has shifted to literacy and mathematics. The Early Childhood classroom has grown complacent with miniature life cycle lessons and attractive puzzles; the time has come to return science to a critical position in the classroom with a comprehensive and well-planned curriculum. A comprehensive science curriculum must include lessons that allow children to explore the entire scientific process. Well-prepared, discrete lessons without varying outcomes can be a great introduction to the field. However, greater value can be achieved through presentation of mature, exploration-based experiments that encourage a wide range of results. Encouraging children to be part of the lesson-making process promotes creativity and problem-solving skills. Montessori teachers prepare a rich setting in which children can learn. Classrooms filled with beautiful materials and precise presentations form a system for learning that achieves amazing results. Developing a classroom environment that fosters analytical thinking requires that teachers broaden their approach to teaching. In a world that is threatened by complex environmental issues, they can no longer afford to neglect the science curriculum. Instead, they must bring core science lessons back to life with an emphasis on learning the scientific method, a process that can help them foster creativity and innovative approaches to problems. To achieve this, a teacher must embrace subjects she is familiar with, focus less on the outcome of the lesson, and focus more on the process of exploration.
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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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