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Milne, Ian – Primary Science Review, 2007
The revamped New Zealand curriculum emphasises "scientific literacy for all students" and provides teachers with an opportunity to promote science as an integral element of the primary school curriculum. Exploring and explaining the natural world in primary science can provide authentic contexts for the development of knowledge, skills,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Thinking Skills, Science Curriculum
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Briten, Elizabeth – Primary Science Review, 2006
The exciting world of plants may be something of a mystery to many children, and the often-dry content of a curriculum taught indoors inhibits real understanding of many complex biological processes. Moving outdoors opens up an unexplored world and presents rich opportunities for imaginative learning. The "Life processes and living…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Activities, Foreign Countries, Creativity
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Howe, Alan – Primary Science Review, 2004
Science is creative. Write it big, shout it loud, because the message is not getting through. There is much discussion about creativity in education at the moment, yet how often does one hear the minister for "this" or the expert in "that" discuss creativity and immediately start talking about the arts? If "creativity" in the curriculum is…
Descriptors: Creativity, Teaching Methods, Creative Teaching, Elementary School Science
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Ovens, Peter – Primary Science Review, 2004
People notice children's creativity in their lively talk, practical ingenuity, funny or surprising ideas, or their new or clever ways of applying their knowledge. When the connections they make between ideas seem to come from them as individuals, there is a sense of "authenticity." Understanding learning from a constructivist perspective…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Creativity, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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Milne, Ian – Primary Science Review, 2004
An important aim of primary science programmes should be to continue to encourage and nurture children in creating their own explanations. As Osborne and Freyberg (1985) contended, the aims of primary science in the early years should start with the children developing explanations for their experiences. The first two of their six developing aims…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Science Education, Elementary School Science, Creativity
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Overton, Dave – Primary Science Review, 2004
As a Teaching Awards Regional Winner in 2002, the author was recently awarded funding by Planet Science (NESTA) for projects to disseminate best practice. One of the things he had in mind was to organise a "creative science event." So last July year 4 children from Chiltern Primary School, Hull, joined a class of year 5 children from…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Creative Teaching, Creativity, Science Instruction
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Feasey, Rosemary – Primary Science Review, 2003
In 1999 the National Committee for Creativity and Culture in Education (NACCCE) produced a report called "All our futures." In many respects it was and still is a seminal report; it raises issues about creativity in education and offers serious messages for Government, schools and the inspection process. The author's research into teacher…
Descriptors: Creativity, Elementary School Science, Science Education, Teacher Attitudes