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ERIC Number: EJ931357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Questions and Questioning: Working with Young Children
Macro, Chris; McFall, Dawn
Primary Science Review, n83 p4-6 May-Jun 2004
Teachers who work with early-years children often ask how young children can be encouraged to think about the events, living things, or objects they are investigating and how they can be encouraged to ask appropriate scientific questions. The authors felt that they needed to examine their own practice and that of other teachers in respect to questioning, so they taught several classes of children between the ages of 4 and 7 and made notes about the students' questions and the questions the teachers asked. This study showed that asking the appropriate questions is not always easy either for children or teachers, and even with thorough planning, the responses of the children were sometimes disappointing. An exciting and stimulating environment where curiosity is fostered would perhaps be a good starting point. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A