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Lindholm, Markus – Science & Education, 2018
Curiosity is a wonder of the human mind. It goes to the heart of modernity, as a driving force for learning, novel insights, and innovation, both for individuals and communities. In societies dependent on science and development, finding out what promotes or hampers curiosity and wonder in school curricula and science education is accordingly…
Descriptors: Science Education, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Preschool Children
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Smearsoll, Gina – Science Teacher, 2017
Teaching the children of today about nature is important as they become increasingly removed from the natural world. Children should be exposed to environmental issues so that they will become environmentally aware adults. This article describes a project in which high school biology students teach preschool students about a local environmental…
Descriptors: Science Education, Natural Resources, Environmental Education, High School Students
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Allen, Michael; Kambouri-Danos, Maria – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
There has been a dearth of published research exploring the scientific ideas that young children construct, particularly in prestigious periodicals in the science education genre. The current article discusses the reasons behind this lack of prominence, and suggests ways forward that may link work from the field of developmental psychology with…
Descriptors: Young Children, Science Education, Preschool Education, Scientific Concepts
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Kamudu Applasawmy, B.; Naugah, J.; Maulloo, A. K. – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
Children act as emergent scientists through active involvement with their environment and adults. Science forms an important component of early childhood education curriculum in Mauritius. Since 2015, The Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC), has initiated a new project: empowering educators to teach science in pre-primary schools. One-day workshop…
Descriptors: Teacher Empowerment, Teacher Competencies, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education
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Baldwin, Kathryn; Wilson, Allison – Science and Children, 2017
Having high-quality early childhood education programs that prepare children for success in school and later years continues to be an ever increasing national priority. While the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") do not provide standards for preschool, there are ample opportunities to use the Standards as a guide to…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Outdoor Education, Earth Science, Science Process Skills
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Presser, Ashley Lewis; Kamdar, Danae; Vidiksis, Regan; Goldstein, Marion; Dominguez, Ximena; Orr, Jillian – Science and Children, 2017
Many preschool classrooms explore plant growth. However, because many plants take a long time to grow, it is often hard to facilitate engagement in some practices (i.e., since change is typically not observable from one day to another, children often forget their prior predictions or cannot recall what plants looked like days or weeks earlier).…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Preschool Children, Prediction, Science Experiments
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Jackson, Julie; Warner, Kathryn; Forsythe, Michelle – Science and Children, 2017
It can be a struggle for early childhood teachers to create hands-on, engaging lessons about animals. This is especially true of units that require exposure to a wide range of animals from a variety of habitats. The authors' describe how they shook up their traditional animal unit by creating a Kindergarten zoo! Herein they summarize their…
Descriptors: Recreational Facilities, Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten, Experiential Learning
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Evans, Leanne M.; Avila, Antonieta – Childhood Education, 2016
Language is one of the most important drivers of children's socialization and development of a sense of belonging within their school, community, and culture. For bilingual and multicultural children in particular, language plays a critical role in the development of their identity. If emergent language learners do not feel confident in their…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Bilingual Education, Multicultural Education, Scientific Literacy
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Yamaguchi, Ryoko; Hall, Adam – National Center for Education Research, 2016
This compendium organizes information on the math and science projects sponsored by NCER and NCSER into two main sections: Mathematics and Science. Within each section, projects are sorted into chapters based on content area, grade level, and intended outcome. In determining the chapters, we considered the emerging college- and career-readiness…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Science Education, Educational Research, Preschool Education
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Hoisington, Cynthia; Winokur, Jeff – Science and Children, 2015
Early childhood educators have long debated how science should be introduced and taught to preschoolers. In the current Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education climate, this conversation has expanded to include the role of engineering in the preschool curriculum. Instructors and coaches in the professional development…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children
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Lottero-Perdue, Pamela; Bolotin, Sonja; Benyameen, Ruth; Brock, Erin; Metzger, Ellen – Science and Children, 2015
Many preservice and practicing elementary teachers are familiar with the 5E learning cycle. This cycle provides a relatively simple, alliteratively memorable framework for teaching science in which lessons (or even entire units of instruction) consist of five distinct phases: Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration/Extension (hereafter,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Engineering, Design, Science Education
Altman, Roberta, Ed.; Stires, Susan, Ed.; Weseen, Susan, Ed. – Bank Street College of Education, 2015
Each of the papers in this collection offers a much-needed antidote to the forces that disconnect educators from the places in which they teach, learn, and live. Together, they provide an opportunity to reflect on the power of place in education. This issue offers an opportunity--an invitation--to embrace all that the places both in and outside…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Fantasy, Childrens Literature, Museums
Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 2015
This year's joint report highlights the progress made in education since the special session of the 106th General Assembly (2010), which included passage of the First to the Top and Complete College Tennessee Acts. Both Acts provide a framework for collaboration between all state systems of education, addressing the overarching need to produce a…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Public Education