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Pereira, Sara; Rodrigues, Maria José; Vieira, Rui Marques – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
Science education become one prioritie of modern societies, with the purpose of forming scientifically literate youth and adults. They play an active role in solving the problems existing in society, making critical and informed decisions. In this paper we discuss the need for scientifically literate citizens and the relevance of practical work as…
Descriptors: Play, Scientific Literacy, Science Education, Decision Making
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Turner, Nicola; Williams, Emma – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This paper examines where science fits within the early years foundation stage developmental framework and aims to create an understanding of common science practice within the early years, with particular focus on practice at Balham Nursery School and Children's Centre. Within the paper both theory and a range of practical examples are…
Descriptors: Science Education, Play, Preschool Education, Science Activities
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Salehjee, Saima – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
Early years science curriculum in England requires teachers to incorporate scientific enquiry in their classrooms. However, teachers perceive science teaching to be challenging because of their lack of subject knowledge. This paper aims to develop an understanding of science as an enquiry rich subject rather than a plethora of scientific…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Story Telling, Foreign Countries
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Wainwright, Nalda; Goodway, Jackie; Whitehead, Margaret; Williams, Andy; Kirk, David – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
The Welsh foundation phase is a play-based curriculum for 3-7-year-olds advocating outdoor and experiential approaches to learning. Play-based outdoor learning increases interaction with a range of affordances giving opportunities for movement in learning. Children assign activities as either play or not play-based on a series of cues. Teaching…
Descriptors: Play, Preschool Curriculum, Outdoor Education, Learning Activities
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Bilton, Helen – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This paper explores the views and attitudes of a small group of teachers concerning the early years outdoor teaching and learning environment. Further their responses are compared to an online survey of teachers examining their attitudes to the early years outdoor environment. This extends the current knowledge as to the drivers for teachers'…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Outdoor Education, Preschool Children
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McNerney, Karen; Carritt, Danielle; Dealey, Heather; Ladbury, Gemma – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This paper builds on previous research which outlined the development of a framework of scientific enquiry within a play-based curriculum for early childhood. For this paper, in order to help to mediate children's observation and exploration as part of their play, we propose that practitioners need to have well-developed skills to ask open-ended…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Scientific Literacy, Questioning Techniques, Young Children
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Watts, Mike; Salehjee, Saima – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This paper links early foundations in science for young children to the eventual achievement of science literacy for adults. There are five key arguments being made: (i) the early-years foundation stage (EYFS) specialists need to have a view for exactly what foundations "are" being laid in classrooms; (ii) that they all need to be --…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Young Children, Adults, Informal Education
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Dale Tunnicliffe, Sue; Gkouskou, Eirini – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
Children are born to play and are born as intuitive scientists and use numeracy and literacy in their play. Playing is an essential apprenticeship for developing scientific (STEM) literacy. Observing children spontaneously playing reveals that they are experiencing STEM in action. They are observing phenomena, asking questions, solving problems,…
Descriptors: Play, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, STEM Education
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Ucus, Sukran; Acar, Ibrahim H. – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Creative school environments use creative approaches in their curriculum, content, and teaching and learning. Considering that creativity is fostered by all elements of educational processes such as teachers, classrooms, and school environments, the purpose of the current study was to explore perceptions of Turkish student teachers in an early…
Descriptors: Creativity, Play, Freedom of Speech, Freehand Drawing
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Zhu, Jie; Li, Hui; Hsieh, Wu-Ying – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Inclusive education has been promoted in primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong since the 1990s, and it has now spread to pre-primary education. Without qualified teachers and sufficient resources, however, it is difficult to implement inclusion in early childhood settings. This case study investigated how inclusive education was practised in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Inclusion, Case Studies
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Vandermaas-Peeler, Maureen; Mischka, Melissa; Sands, Kaitlin – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The present study examined parental guidance of young children's inquiry during joint interactions in the home environment. Half of the parents received inquiry-based guidance instructions, encouraging their children to observe, question, predict, and evaluate; the control group received no information about guidance. Thirty-two families were…
Descriptors: Parents as Teachers, Parent Participation, Guidance, Preschool Children
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Ahmetoglu, Emine – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The purpose of the current study was to examine the associations between child characteristics (i.e. gender, age, enjoying outdoor) and familial characteristics (i.e. parent education and income), and Turkish children's biophilia (innate tendency to connect with nature). In addition, the current study also attempted to examine the association…
Descriptors: Correlation, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Parent Background
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Holmes, Robyn M.; Gardner, Brianna; Kohm, Kristen; Bant, Christine; Ciminello, Anjelica; Moedt, Kelly; Romeo, Lynn – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This study examined the connection between young children's social play, creativity, storytelling, and language abilities. Participants were 56 primarily European American preschool children. First, to assess creativity we asked children to draw several pictures. Children created stories about their pictures during the creative process. Second,…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Language Skills, Creativity, Play
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Svärdemo Åberg, Eva; Insulander, Eva – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This article presents a meta-interpretative synthesis of contrasting research studies about methodological and theoretical challenges for Swedish preschool teachers in systematic quality development work. The first challenge involves an awareness of producing documentation from different levels of preschool work. The second challenge concerns…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Documentation
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Ward, Tanya; Goldingay, Sophie; Parson, Judi – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Concern has been raised recently in relation to excessive use of digital technology and the detrimental effect this has on familial relationships, well-being and development, andon people's connection with nature. This article provides a timely response to this concern by presenting the findings of a qualitative evaluation of a supported nature…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Play, Outdoor Education, Well Being
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