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ERIC Number: EJ912342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
The SPACE Legacy
Harlen, Wynne
Primary Science Review, n97 p13-15 Mar-Apr 2007
The SPACE (Science Processes and Concept Exploration) project began 21 years ago, just ahead of the National Curriculum. It was a research project whose findings and processes were built into the Nuffield Primary Science classroom guides for teachers, making these the best example of research-informed curriculum materials at the primary level. SPACE is known for revealing the ideas that primary children have, ideas about scientific aspects of the world around them, long before they have had science-based activities at school. But this was not the only significant feature of the project. Through the process it used, it showed a way of helping teachers to change their view of how children learn and their approach to teaching. In this article, the author reflects on the influential SPACE research programme in the 1980s, and on progress since then in developing children's science ideas. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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