ASERA 2010 : Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Australasian Science Education Research Association
Australia is embarking on the implementation of Early Years Frameworks at both national and state levels and it is a significant that we investigate the place of science education for our children 0-5 years of age. Where does science education fit into these frameworks? A document analysis of both the national (Australia) and state frameworks (Victoria) will highlight the guidance given to early years practitioners in terms of science education. By comparison, many countries in the western world have trialled and implemented early childhood frameworks. Through an investigation of the frameworks in place in England, a comparative analysis of the introduction of science in early childhood settings is provided. The research in England was comprised of case studies of four centres and data collected through interview from stakeholders from government and educational fields. The research will show how, with a slight change in wording, we can be more inclusive of science as a natural part of early childhood education.
Field of Research
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective
930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
HERDC Research category
E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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