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ERIC Number: EJ932288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Exploring Worlds Together
Castle, Lisa; Breen, Susan; Tandy, Lynne
Primary Science Review, n94 p16-18 Sep-Oct 2006
At Waite End Primary School in Waterlooville, Hampshire, the authors are involved in a research project with the University of Winchester and the pharmaceutical company Astra- Zeneca called "Teachers and young children exploring their worlds together". The project focuses around their belief that "the younger a child is the more scientifically curious and experimental they will be when carrying out a science investigation." To test this hypothesis the authors initially worked with three groups of six children of mixed ability and gender, from foundation stage (4-5 year-olds), year 2 (6-7) and year 5 (9-10). Then they recruited parents to take part in a whole range of activities covering various aspects of science. They encountered no hesitation when recruiting parents for the research project designed to engage the children's natural curiosity in simple "do at home", practical science activities that could involve the whole family. The authors find that building on the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of early-years children and involving their parents leads to exciting science learning. As a result of their involvement in this project, it became apparent that they needed to change the science curriculum to include a more investigative approach. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom