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ERIC Number: EJ932280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Crocodile Blood and Fish Slime
Fullick, Ann
Primary Science Review, n92 p14-16 Mar-Apr 2006
For as long as people have sought to understand the world in which they live, stories have played an important role in helping to clarify and communicate their ideas. In ancient times, stories such as the four humours of the body provided a way of explaining health and disease. In the modern world, stories have largely been replaced by rational, scientific explanations, and school science curriculum largely reflects this, dealing with facts, dates, places and people in a way that is often devoid of context. Yet a narrative approach can still have an important part to play in engaging children with science and helping them to grasp the "big picture". The "Beyond 2000" report argued for the use of explanatory stories in teaching science. To make stories work for science in the classroom, both the characters and the science must be appropriate for the children. It is important to find material that has been built up with both a strong science base and also a suitable narrative voice. With these ideas in mind, a new set of free resources for teaching about medicines and health in primary schools has been developed by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), designed for use across the primary age range. In this article, the author describes a new story resource on health, medicines and drugs. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom