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The importance of helping children to understand the environment is now widely recognized and is well represented in The National Curriculum for Science. But what kind of 'environmental education' is appropriate at the primary level?
The authors address this central question throughout this book. Science activities relating to the children's school environment are described and explained. The interaction or 'encounter' of children with the environment is the pervading theme. In these 'encounters' children are encouraged to find answers to their questions through scientific investigation of the objects, events or particular part of the environment being studied, either in the field or in the classroom.
About the Author
Professor Wynne Harlen is one of the key international figures in primary science. She was most recently head of the Scottish Council for Research in Education and is now retired.
Table of Contents
Children and Their Environment
Aims and Focus
Children’s Encounter with Their Environment
Ways of Learning and Ways of Teaching
Setting up the Encounter
Assessing the Encounter
Giving Environmental Science a Place in the School Programme
Evaluating the Encounter