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ERIC Number: EJ931351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Children's Ideas, Children's Feelings
Keogh, Brenda; Naylor, Stuart
Primary Science Review, n82 p18-20 Mar-Apr 2004
In this article, the authors state that discovering and then building upon children's ideas is now accepted practice, but their feelings matter too. Their experience suggests that the assumption that children are willing to reveal their ideas may not always be correct. If children do not feel that their ideas will be valued then they are less likely to share their ideas publicly. If they feel that their ideas might seem ridiculous then they are more likely to keep their ideas to themselves. If adults want children to "think out loud," to be creative in their thinking and to argue about alternative possibilities, then it is important to provide the kind of learning environment in which they feel comfortable to do that. They need to know that they can make mistakes or give wrong answers and still feel good about themselves. Concept cartoons and true/false statements are examples of strategies that can help to link together teaching, learning, and assessment, so that discovering children's ideas is a natural part of the learning process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A