Early childhood science education : do Australian publishing trends represent world publishing trends?
Campbell, Coral 2011, Early childhood science education : do Australian publishing trends represent world publishing trends?, in ESERA 2011 : Proceedings of the European Science Education Research Association Biannual Conference, [European Science Education Research Association], [Lyon, France], pp. 1-4.
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A literature search of both Australian early childhood journals and Australian science education journals provides a compelling picture of science education in Australian early childhood in the recent past and the previous 40 years. Whilst a previous review of the literature found that there were concerns over the early childhood educators' confidence in teaching science, particularly physical sciences, current research indicates that this problem is still prevalent. The historical perspective also found that there was a distinctive approach evolving in early childhood science education, however further research into the place of science in the cognitive domain of early childhood was required. The more recent literature search found that as an area of investigation, early childhood science is still a neglected research area and there is still much scope for the development of theories and analysis of early childhood science education. The literature search was undertaken scanning for titles which included science education and early childhood in several Australian early childhood journals and Australian science education journals, although it is acknowledged that some articles may have been sent to international journals.
Field of Research
130105 Primary Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective
930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category
E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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