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Haus, Jana Maria – Research in Science Education, 2020
This work uses new materialist perspectives (Barad 2007; Lenz Taguchi 2014; Rautio in "Children's Geographies," 11(4), 394-408, 2013) to examine an exploration of concepts as agents and the question how intra-action of human and non-human bodies lead to the investigation of scientific concepts, relying on an article by de Freitas and…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Human Body, Play, Learning Processes
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Gomes, Judith; Fleer, Marilyn – Research in Science Education, 2020
There is increasing interest in early childhood science education and a corresponding increase in research in this area. Studies have shown that in some countries the teaching of science in the early years remains low. These studies show that science pedagogy in the early years needs attention, despite the myriad opportunities afforded for the…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Science Education, Elementary School Science
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Yoon, Jiyoon; Martin, Leisa A. – Research in Science Education, 2019
Previous research studies in early childhood teacher education have indicated that teacher candidates are not adequately prepared to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to teach science to all children including culturally and linguistically diverse students. To address this issue, the researchers provided 31 early childhood teacher…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Culturally Relevant Education
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Liampa, Vasiliki; Malandrakis, George N.; Papadopoulou, Penelope; Pnevmatikos, Dimitrios – Research in Science Education, 2019
This study focused on the development and validation of a three-tier multiple-choice diagnostic instrument about the ecological footprint. Each question in the three-tier test comprised by; (a) the content tier, assessing content knowledge; (b) the reason tier, assessing explanatory knowledge; and (c) the confidence tier that differentiates lack…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Validity, Multiple Choice Tests, Ecology
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Gomes, Judith; Fleer, Marilyn – Research in Science Education, 2019
There are a growing number of studies that have examined science learning for preschool children. Some research has looked into children's home experiences and some has focused on transition, practices, routines, and traditions in preschool contexts. However, little attention has been directed to the relationship between children's learning…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Science Education, Learning Experience
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Fleer, Marilyn – Research in Science Education, 2019
Eminent scientists, like Einstein, worked with theoretical contradiction, thought experiments, mental models and visualisation--all characteristics of children's play. Supporting children's play is a strength of early childhood teachers. Promising research shows a link between imagination in science and imagination in play. A case study of 3…
Descriptors: Play, Science Instruction, Young Children, Imagination
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Kallery, Maria – Research in Science Education, 2018
In this paper, we present a professional development/upgrading programme in science for early-years teachers and investigate its impact on the teachers' competencies in relation to their knowledge and teaching of science. The basic idea of the programme was to motivate the teachers by making them members of an action research group aimed at…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Faculty Development, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teacher Competencies
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Fridberg, Marie; Thulin, Susanne; Redfors, Andreas – Research in Science Education, 2018
This paper reports on a project aiming to extend the current understanding of how emerging technologies, i.e. tablets, can be used in preschools to support collaborative learning of real-life science phenomena. The potential of tablets to support collaborative inquiry-based science learning and reflective thinking in preschool is investigated…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Cooperative Learning, Science Education, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Impedovo, Maria Antonietta; Delserieys-Pedregosa, Alice; Jégou, Corinne; Ravanis, Konstantinos – Research in Science Education, 2017
The paper is set in socio-material farming to offer a way of conceptualising actions and interactions of children in preschool involved in the understanding of scientific concepts. A model of early science education about the physical phenomena of shadow formation is implemented in group work in a French context. The research involved 44 children…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Literacy
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Saçkes, Mesut; Trundle, Kathy Cabe – Research in Science Education, 2017
This longitudinal study examined the role of metaconceptual awareness in the change and the durability of preservice teachers' conceptual understandings over the course of several months. Sixteen preservice early childhood teachers participated in the study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to reveal the participants' conceptual…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Metacognition, Preservice Teachers, Concept Formation
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Areljung, Sofie; Ottander, Christina; Due, Karin – Research in Science Education, 2017
This study explores if and how teachers combine practices of science and of preschool (children 1-5 years old) into preschool science practice. Views of knowing may differ between science practices, traditionally associated with masculinity and rationality, and preschool practices, traditionally associated with femininity and caring. Recognising…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Fleer, Marilyn – Research in Science Education, 2013
Vygotsky (1986) draws attention to the interrelationship between thought and language and other aspects of mind. Although not widely acknowledged, Vygotsky (1999) also drew attention to the search for the relations between cognition and emotions. This paper discusses the findings of a study which examined imaginary scientific situations within the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children
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Ravanis, Konstantinos; Christidou, Vasilia; Hatzinikita, Vassilia – Research in Science Education, 2013
The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of a sociocognitive teaching strategy on young children's understanding of light. It explores their understanding of the concept of light as an entity that is transmitted independently of the light source and the final receiver. The study was conducted in three phases: pretest, teaching…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Preschool Children, Teaching Methods, Pretests Posttests
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Ergazaki, Marida; Saltapida, Konstantina; Zogza, Vassiliki – Research in Science Education, 2010
This paper is concerned with highlighting young children's ideas about the nature, location and appearance of germs, as well as their reasoning strands about germs' ontological category and biological functions. Moreover, it is concerned with exploring how all these could be taken into account for shaping a potentially fruitful learning…
Descriptors: Young Children, Interviews, Scientific Concepts, Educational Environment
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Ergazaki, Marida; Andriotou, Eirini – Research in Science Education, 2010
This study aims at highlighting young children's reasoning about human interventions within a forest ecosystem. Our focus is particularly set on whether preschoolers are able to come up with any basic ecological interpretations of human actions upon forest plants or animals and how. Conducting individual, semi-structured interviews with 70…
Descriptors: Animals, Preschool Children, Interviews, Ecology
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