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ERIC Number: EJ890665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-2077-2327
A Sense of Wonder, Arising from Aesthetic Experiences, Should Be the Starting Point for Inquiry in Primary Science
Milne, Ian
Science Education International, v21 n2 p102-115 Jun 2010
The displaying of a sense of wonder when responding to aesthetic experiences of natural phenomena has been identified as having a significant impact on an individual's learning in primary science education. This paper attempts to review the significance of the influence of "wonder" arising from students aesthetic reactions to exploratory activities can have on their subsequent engagement and learning in science. Current challenges facing the teaching and learning of science in the New Zealand primary school context are identified and used to justify the need for change of approach to the teaching of primary science. The calls for more affective goals for primary science education are identified and linked to literature that explores the impact of aesthetic experiences on learning in science education. A tentative taxonomy that distinguishes different types and situations where aesthetic experiences may occur is presented. Finally, "Creative Exploration" an inquiry based model for teaching and learning in primary science is introduced. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand