ERIC Number: EJ926274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Young Children Can Be Sophisticated Scientists
Metz, Kathleen E.
Phi Delta Kappan, v92 n8 p68-71 May 2011
Though there are political cries for more science instruction, reform efforts have largely been focused at the middle or high school. One problem is that educators believe elementary school children aren't developmentally ready to handle complex science. But children are able to understand much more than is assumed. An experimental curriculum based on five principles was able to lead 1st-grade students to quite sophisticated scientific reasoning.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Experimental Curriculum, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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