But is it science?

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Abstract

Early years science education is not science, but a curricular construction designed to induct young children into a range of ideas and practices related to the natural world. While inquiry-based learning is an important approach to this, it is not of itself unique to science and there are a range of logico-mathematical constructions that come closer to the essence of science. In this paper we discuss just three: empirical question-asking, transgressive play, and good thinking. The challenge, of course is to induct early years practitioners to a different way of shaping early science.
LanguageEnglish
Pages274-283
Number of pages10
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Volume187
Issue number2
Early online date9 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

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  • transgressive play
  • scientific thinking

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Watts, Mike ; Salehjee, Saima ; Essex, Jane. / But is it science?. In: Early Child Development and Care. 2017 ; Vol. 187, No. 2. pp. 274-283.
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