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Science Literacy in Primary Schools and Pre-Schools

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ISBN-10: 1402046413

ISBN-13: 9781402046414

Edition: 2006

Authors: Haim Eshach

List price: $209.00
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Description:

When it comes to science, many of today's children experience narrow and impoverished learning opportunities, which, as professor Judah Schwartz writes in the preface to this book, lead ulitmately to a mere caricature of science. One source of the problem is the wrongterribly wrongbelief that science is an inappropriate subject for early elementary education and certainly for kindergarten education. As a curative to this prevalent and unfortunate situation, this well-written and thought-provoking book presents the state-of-the-art in science education for kindergarten and primary schools. It begins with a thorough theoretical discussion on why it is incumbent on the science educator to teach science already at first stages of childhood. It goes on to analyze and synthesize a broad range of educational approaches and themes such as: inquiry-based teaching; learning through authentic problems; scaffolding; situated learning; learning through projects; non-verbal knowledge; and informal learning. The book also presents fresh novel strategies to science teaching such as learning science trough designing, building, evaluating and redesigning simple artifacts; and Inquiry Events. Numerous examples illustrating how the theories presented may be brought into practice are provided.
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Book details

List price: $209.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 8/31/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 174
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Acknowledgments
Should Science Be Taught in Early Childhood?
How Should Science Be Taught in Early Childhood?
When Learning Science By Doing Meets Design and Technology
From the Known to the Complex: The Inquiry Events Method as a Tool for K-2 Science Teaching
The Need for a Novel Teaching Method-The Inquiry Events
Inquiry Events as a Tool for Changing Science Teaching Efficacy Belief of Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
Bringing Inquiry Events to the Kindergarten: Inquiring Inquiry Events in the Field
Bridging In-School and Out-Of-School Learning: Formal, Non-Formal, and Informal
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Bibliography
Author index
Subject index