Teaching Science and Technology in the Early Years (3–7): Edition 2

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Teaching Science and Technology in the Early Years (3-7) celebrates young children’s amazing capabilities as scientists, designers and technologists. Research-based yet practical and accessible, it demonstrates how scientific, designing and making activities are natural to young children, and have the potential for contributing to all aspects of their learning.

By identifying the scientific and design-related concepts, skills and activities being developed, the book enables the reader to make more focused diagnostic observations of young children and plan for how they can help move them forward in their learning. This second edition has been thoroughly updated and features:

Six new chapters providing practical advice and examples for enhancing scientific and technological learning through thematic approaches

  • a new chapter focusing on the outdoor learning environment and how this can support science and technology
  • new case studies of successful early years practice, alongside examples of practical planning for learning, and advice on documenting children’s learning stories,
  • guidance on the role of talk, narrative, documentation and planning in relation to early years science and technology

Based on the latest research and the first hand experience, this practical and accessible book is essential reading for early years and primary students on undergraduate and Masters level courses.

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About the author

Dan Davies is Head of Research and Graduate Affairs in the School of Education, Bath Spa University, UK. He is Professor of Science and Technology Education and leads the Centre for Research in Early Scientific Learning (CRESL), which is a Primary Science Teaching Trust Regional Hub.

Alan Howe

is Acting Head of Department of Education and Childhood Studies at Bath Spa University and a founding member of CRESL.

Christopher Collier

is a senior lecturer in Primary Science at Bath Spa University and a member of CRESL.

Rebecca Digby

is a senior lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education at Bath Spa University and a member of CRESL.

Sarah Earle

spent 13 years teaching in primary schools in Bristol before moving to Bath Spa University as a senior lecturer on the Primary PGCE. She is also a member of CRESL.

Kendra McMahon

spent 10 years as a primary school teacher in the South West of England before becoming a senior lecturer in Education at Bath Spa University and a founding member of CRESL.
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Publisher
Routledge
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Published on
Apr 24, 2014
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Pages
234
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ISBN
9781317694472
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / General
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Science & Technology
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This content is DRM protected.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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Before your students can discover accurate science, you need to uncover the preconceptions they already have. This book helps pinpoint what your students know (or think they know) so you can monitor their learning and adjust your teaching accordingly. Loaded with classroom-friendly features you can use immediately, the book is comprised of 25 "probes", brief, easily administered activities designed to determine your students' thinking on 44 core science topics (grouped by light, sound, matter, gravity, heat and temperature, life science, and Earth and space science).

The probes are invaluable formative assesment tools to use before you begin teaching a topic or unit. The detailed teacher materials that accompany each probe review science content, give connections to National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks; present developmental considerations; summarize relevant research on learning; and suggest instructional approaches for elementary, middle, and high school students. Other books may discuss students' general misconceptions about scientific thinking about scientific ideas. Only this one provides probes, single, reproducible sheets, you can use to determine students' thinking about, for example, photosynthesis, moon phases, conservation of matter, reflections, chemical change, and cells. Each probe has been field-tested with hundreds of students across multiple grade levels, so they're proven effective for helping your students reexamine and further develop their understanding of science concepts.

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