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The intentional teaching of science in early childhood settings

conference contribution
posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Coral CampbellCoral Campbell, Gaynor Williams
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.

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Event

Australasian Science Education Research Association. Conference (43rd : 2012 : Sippy Downs, Qld.)

Pagination

35 - 35

Publisher

ASERA

Location

Sippy Downs, Qld.

Place of publication

[Sippy Downs, Qld.]

Start date

2012-06-27

End date

2012-06-30

Language

eng

Publication classification

E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

Title of proceedings

ASERA 2012 : Proceedings of the 43rd Australasian Science Education Research Association conference 2012

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