The intentional teaching of science in early childhood settings

Campbell, Coral and Williams, Gaye 2012, The intentional teaching of science in early childhood settings, in ASERA 2012 : Proceedings of the 43rd Australasian Science Education Research Association conference 2012, ASERA, [Sippy Downs, Qld.], pp. 35-35.

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Title The intentional teaching of science in early childhood settings
Author(s) Campbell, Coral
Williams, Gaye
Conference name Australasian Science Education Research Association. Conference (43rd : 2012 : Sippy Downs, Qld.)
Conference location Sippy Downs, Qld.
Conference dates 27-30 Jun. 2012
Title of proceedings ASERA 2012 : Proceedings of the 43rd Australasian Science Education Research Association conference 2012
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference
Start page 35
End page 35
Total pages 1
Publisher ASERA
Place of publication [Sippy Downs, Qld.]
Keyword(s) science
pre-school
intentional teaching
Summary The introduction of the new “Early Years Learning Framework” (DEEWR, 2009) has shifted the focus in Early Childhood Centres (ECC) from incidental learning through play, to planning curriculum with play as the vehicle to achieve learning in science. Using student research, we identified instances of educator practice that fitted with the new framework, and videoed practitioners’ sessions to select vignettes to use as part of an Early Childhood Science Education Unit. This presentation will discuss the varied practitioners’ approaches we saw and students’ and teachers’ interpretations of forms of ‘intentional teaching, with particular reference to science. We formulated an ‘Intentional Teaching Spectrum’ for the purpose of locating along it early childhood educator practice that differed in the opportunities that practice provided for creative and innovative children’s activity. As this work is not yet complete, full analysis of the video material is yet to be completed, so descriptive aspects only will be discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
HERDC collection year 2012
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050159

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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