ERIC Number: EJ912341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 2
Does the Moon Spin?
Collins, Robert; Simpson, Frances
Primary Science Review, n97 p9-11 Mar-Apr 2007
In this article, the authors explore the question, "Does the Moon spin?", and show how the question is investigated. They emphasise the importance of the process by which people work out what they know, by "learning from the inside out." They stress that those involved in science education have to challenge current conceptions and ideas, making new connections and reinforcing them strongly through practical experimentation and open discourse. The challenge for practitioners is twofold. First and foremost it is to create a classroom climate wherein individuals can regularly speak openly about their ideas and express them to adult-mentors and peer-groups alike, without the fear of anxiety or ridicule that often leads to disengagement. The second challenge is to put any erroneous thought observed to work, in order to help create useful knowledge. The efficiency with which this is done is enhanced by sharing with the learner what the new learning will be and where they stand in terms of achieving this.
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Astronomy, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Concept Formation, Elementary School Science, Misconceptions, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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