A Young Child as Scientist : A Constructivist Approach to Early Childhood Science Education / Edition 2

A Young Child as Scientist : A Constructivist Approach to Early Childhood Science Education / Edition 2

by Christine Chaille, Lory Britain
     
 

ISBN-10: 0673990915

ISBN-13: 9780673990914

Pub. Date: 01/07/1997

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

Young children - how they experience the world, interact with each other, pose questions and problems, and construct knowledge - form the basis for this insightful examination of early childhood science education. Authors Chaille and Britain explore the teacher's role in understanding and facilitating preschool and primary-school children's scientific explorations.…  See more details below

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Young children - how they experience the world, interact with each other, pose questions and problems, and construct knowledge - form the basis for this insightful examination of early childhood science education. Authors Chaille and Britain explore the teacher's role in understanding and facilitating preschool and primary-school children's scientific explorations. Using three traditional content areas of science - chemistry, physics, and biology - and translating them into developmentally appropriate practices, The Young Child as Scientist leaves behind rigid views of science education. Both teachers and students of early childhood education are led to reconceptualize science in ways that have implications for their whole classroom. Without being a cookbook approach to curriculum planning or a purely theoretical approach, the text weaves practical examples and theory together to present constructivism as it can be implemented in real preschool and elementary classrooms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780673990914
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
01/07/1997
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
179
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.34(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Pt. IThe Constructivist Perspective1
Ch. 1The Child as Theory Builder3
Ch. 2A Constructivist Curriculum Model for Science21
Pt. IISetting the Stage33
Ch. 3Creating a Constructivist Learning Environment35
Ch. 4The Role of the Constructivist Teacher53
Pt. IIIConstructivist Science73
Ch. 5How Can I Make It Move? Constructivist Physics75
Ch. 6How Can I Make It Change? Constructivist Chemistry105
Ch. 7How Does It Fit or How Do I Fit? Constructivist Biology and Ecology131
Pt. IVFinal Thoughts151
Ch. 8The Teacher, as Theory Builder153
Appendix: Materials for a Constructivist Classroom171
References173
Index175

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