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Ramírez Díaz, Mario H.; Nieto Betance, Gabriela; García Trujillo, Luís Antonio; Chávez-Campos, David A. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
In its program of studies for preschool level, the Secretary of Public Education of Mexico promoted development of four standards of science: Scientific knowledge, applications of scientific knowledge and technology, skills associated to science, and attitudes associated to science. However, to develop this skills and reach out the standards there…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Instruction, Preschool Education
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Dejonckheere, Peter J. N.; De Wit, Nele; Van de Keere, Kristof; Vervaet, Stephanie – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2016
This study tested and integrated the effects of an inquiry-based didactic method for preschool science in a real practical classroom setting. Four preschool classrooms participated in the experiment (N= 57) and the children were 4-6 years old. In order to assess children's attention for causal events and their understanding at the level of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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Varma, Keisha – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2014
Researchers from multiple perspectives have shown that young students can engage in the scientific reasoning involved in science experimentation. However, there is little research on how well these young students learn in inquiry-based learning environments that focus on using scientific experimentation strategies to learn new scientific…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Thermodynamics
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Kallery, Maria; Psillos, Dimitris; Tselfes, Vassilis – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
This paper presents an epistemological analysis of typical didactical activities noted in early-years science lessons, which was carried out in an attempt to diagnose the extent to which the teaching practices adopted by early-years educators are successful in supporting young children's understanding in science. The analysis of didactical…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
Gallenstein, Nancy L. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2005
The purpose of this article is to present various techniques that will engage young children, ages 3-8, in learning science and mathematics. Children actively engage in acquiring basic science and mathematics concepts as they explore their environment. The methods presented are intended to meet the developmental levels of young learners as they…
Descriptors: Young Children, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts
Katz, Laurie; Sadler, Kim; Craig, Dorothy V. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2005
This study examined the use of science professors acting as mentors to enhance the science competency of early childhood educators. Findings indicate that mentor-mentee dyad interactions varied; however, mentors were able to assist with curriculum, science content, and resources. Although standards-based units were developed, there was little…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mentors, Science Instruction, College Faculty