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ERIC Number: EJ935497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
What Happens if ...?
Brazil, Louise; Curtis, Jennifer; Grayer, Rachel; Henry, Ruth
Primary Science, n116 p31-33 Jan-Feb 2011
The school the authors were working in had an established ethos of involving children in their own learning and allowed them to contribute their ideas to the planning of units of learning. Their planning was based on what the class teacher and children had previously begun in their food and nutrition topic. Although the children could not be involved in planning, the authors knew that for them to have a sense of ownership of the lesson and to be motivated, the activity needed to be open-ended. An advantage of planning and teaching an open-ended investigation was that all the children could explore science concepts at their own level while undertaking the same activity. Also, the wide range of knowledge and skills the children had obtained both inside and outside school could be combined and applied within the context of this investigation. The authors share the planning and teaching of an open-ended science investigation. They learned that open-ended investigations are particularly effective for renewing children's enthusiasm in science, as well as developing their scientific enquiry skills. (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
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