ERIC Number: EJ931362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Conversations in Primary Science: Advice for "Older Learners"
Primary Science Review, n83 p14-16 May-Jun 2004
The author's favourite film musical is "The King and I." Of the several catchy songs in the film her favourite is "Getting to know you," which is sung firstly by the governess to the children and then the children to her. The author hereby declares this to be "The Song of Science," with "you" being the "system" being studied (e.g. plant, elastic band, bouncing ball, magnet, dough, rock and so on) and "I" being the young science investigator. It is really all about "getting to know you" (the knowledge bit of the science National Curriculum or other course), not just superficially (a few unconnected facts about this and that) but "getting to know all about you" (the understanding bit of the National Curriculum or other course), with the "all" changing according to the age, ability, and aptitude of the investigator within the changing opportunities afforded by better resources. The other lines of the song reveal the happiness and joy of discovery, something new everyday--a process or journey that is not without its challenges, even disappointments, but which is ultimately deeply rewarding. In this article, the author reveals his "Song of Science" as the basis for supporting young investigators.
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Singing, Nonprint Media, Science Instruction, Science Education, Films, Science Curriculum, Investigations
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