Science in Early Childhood

Science in Early Childhood

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Science education in the early years is vital in assisting young children to come to know about and understand the world around them. Science in Early Childhood covers the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of teaching science in early childhood settings in way that is engaging and accessible. It is a comprehensive resource for students, as well as early childhood teachers and carers and provides up-to-date coverage of the Early Years Learning Framework. This text explores the current issues and debates in early childhood science education from an Australian perspective, whilst recognising the links to international practice and research. A summary at the start of each chapter helps students identify the key themes and ideas in early science education and application boxes throughout the text illustrate how theories relate to practice. Written by experts in the field, Science in Early Childhood is essential reading for pre-service teachers.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 23 b/w illus.
  • 1139197002
  • 9781139197007

Table of contents

1. Science in the national Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Andrea Nolan; 2. Learning theories related to early childhood science education Coral Campbell; 3. Using play pedagogy in the early years Jane Johnston; 4. Teaching approaches Coral Campbell; 5. Developing pedagogical practices for science teaching and learning with 3- and 4-year-old children Elaine Blake and Christine Howitt; 6. Effective science learning environments Coral Campbell and Wendy Jobling; 7. Learning science in informal contexts: the home and community Jill Robbins; 8. Environmental education for sustainability and its place within science Coral Campbell; 9. Catering for children's differing needs in early childhood science education Coral Campbell; 10. Planning for science Beverley Jane; 11. Observing, assessing and documenting learning in science Coral Campbell; 12. Professional learning: reflective practice in science education Coral Campbell.
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