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ERIC Number: EJ932285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Puppets: Bringing Stories to Life in Science
Keogh, Brenda; Naylor, Stuart; Downing, Brigid; Maloney, Jane; Simon, Shirley
Primary Science Review, n92 p26-28 Mar-Apr 2006
Motivating children in science can be a challenge for teachers. This is especially true as the children get older and science no longer has the novelty value that it had when they were younger. Enhancing children's motivation is not a simple process. In the authors' experience one of the most important factors is creating a clear purpose for classroom activities. This can be done in a variety of ways, including using stories in which narrative and dialogue help to create meaningful problems for children. During 2004 and 2005 the authors were fortunate to receive funding from the Nuffield Foundation to research the use of puppets in primary science. They found a very positive response when they investigated the use of puppets to tell science stories. Narrative, dialogue, context and purpose: stories create all of these, and the authors' research suggests that puppets can enhance the impact of stories in science lessons. In other words, the puppets can bring stories to life. (Contains 1 table and 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London); United Kingdom (Manchester)