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Kähler, Jana; Hahn, Inga; Köller, Olaf – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
In times of climate change, worldwide diseases, and the question of sustainable energy, scientific literacy has never been more important. The acquisition of scientific literacy starts in early childhood and depends on children's experiences in learning environments such as the parental home and kindergarten. The Starting Cohort 2 of the German…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Achievement Gap, Kindergarten, Grade 1
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Siry, Christina; Gorges, Anna – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
This manuscript elaborates the value of looking beyond the written and spoken word in science education research and practice at the early childhood level. We examine one plurilingual child's descriptions of a science activity to explore the "diversity of resources" that she used while expressing her understandings of a sound…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Science Instruction, Nonverbal Communication, Freehand Drawing
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Pantidos, Panagiotis; Herakleioti, Evagelia; Chachlioutaki, Maria-Eleni – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
The present article contains a reanalysis of data resulting from a research project carried out on a group of five preschool-aged children. The data were collected from a class of 16 children participating in a pre/post research design that focused on the shadow formation phenomenon. The findings of the previous research project, based on a speech…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Nonverbal Communication, Verbal Communication, Comparative Analysis
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Ergazaki, Marida; Valanidou, Eftychia; Kasimati, Maria-Christina; Kalantzi, Mara – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
This paper reports on a mixed-model case study of designing and implementing a constructivist teaching intervention about reproduction and physical family resemblance for young children. The objective of the study was to explore whether the ways that preschoolers reason about the resemblance between offspring and parents can be improved with a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Science Education, Biology