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The Young Child as a Scientist stresses that children have wonderful ideas together, through collaboration. Chaill¿ emphasizes on social constructivism incorporates the ideas of Vygotsky and others who clarify the social and cultural context in which theory-building occurs. The book includes numerous activities that examine the child as a theory builder and establish a constructivist curriculum that involves the children in actually doing science. Early childhood educators.
I. THE CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE.
1. The Child as Theory Builder.
2. A Constructivist Curriculum Model for Science.
II. SETTING THE STAGE.
3. Creating a Constructivist Learning Environment.
4. The Role of the Constructivist Teacher.
III. CONSTRUCTIVIST SCIENCE.
5. How Can I Make It Move? Constructivist Physics
6. How Can I Make It Change? Constructivist Chemistry.
7. How Does It Fit or How Do I Fit? Constructivist Biology and Ecology.
IV. FINAL THOUGHTS.
8. The Teacher as Theory Builder.
Appendix: Materials for a Constructivist Classroom.