Early childhood science exploration: a vehicle for inclusive practices

Campbell, Coral 2016, Early childhood science exploration: a vehicle for inclusive practices, New Zealand research in early childhood education, vol. 19, Special Issue : Equality and Diversity, pp. 1-11.

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Title Early childhood science exploration: a vehicle for inclusive practices
Author(s) Campbell, CoralORCID iD for Campbell, Coral orcid.org/0000-0002-1373-9168
Journal name New Zealand research in early childhood education
Volume number 19
Season Special Issue : Equality and Diversity
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Childforum Research Network
Place of publication Wellington, New Zealand
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1174-6122
Keyword(s) science
inclusive pedagogy
planning
child-initiated
Summary Social justice and equity are important elements of all educational services and particularly in early childhood where there is an emphasis on including all children in the everyday life of early childhood settings. This emphasis has targeted both the policies and practices in early childhood to meet the needs of a diverse range of learners. An outcome of policy reform is the emphasis on inclusive education that is based on the right of all children to access and participate in general education. A critical pedagogy approach counters discrimination by promoting positive attitudes towards diversity. Science learning is important for all children as it is an approach to thinking and behaving that incorporates aspects of motor, behavioural, sensory, communication and mental functioning. Children from diverse situations can contribute at their own level to the opportunities involved in exploration and investigations. This paper discusses inclusive pedagogy and planning in early childhood centres with a particular focus on science learning through play and child-instigated explorations.
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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