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ERIC Number: EJ921093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Ongoing Inquiry
Ashbrook, Peggy
Science and Children, v48 n6 p22-23 Feb 2011
An in-depth science inquiry is an ongoing investigation in which children are introduced to materials through hands-on experiences and, with teacher guidance, begin to investigate a question that they can answer through their own actions, observations, and with teacher-assisted research. Qualities that make an experience appropriate to include in early childhood science inquiry are described as being interesting to children, linked to their experiences, and accessible to all children's direct exploration. As children pose questions and seek answers, teachers can use these qualities to decide whether the question has the potential for ongoing inquiry. Although not all proposed activities are embraced by all students, some activities that are most likely to lead into ongoing inquiry are: water play focusing on how water moves using various kitchen tools and tubes, exploring inclined planes with ramps and balls, and understanding plant growth and weather-related changes in a life cycle. (Contains 4 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A