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Potential for multi-dimensional teaching for 'emergent scientific literacy' in pre-school practice
Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7273-5442
Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7747-0647
2018 (English)In: Journal of Emergent Science, ISSN 2046-4754, E-ISSN 2046-4754, Vol. 15, p. 20-27Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How can pre-school teachers form science teaching in a landscape of increasing focus on academically oriented learning outcomes, without losing the unique character of pre-school pedagogies? Seeking to contribute to the discussion of what pre-school science can be, we have analysed data from activities in fourteen Swedish pre-schools (for children aged 1-5 years), to examine if and how multi-dimensional teaching may be combined with teaching for scientific literacy. The overall picture is that elements of ‘emergent scientific literacy' can be combined with a wide range of teaching dimensions, such as empathy, fantasy and storytelling. These results contribute important perspectives to what pre-school science can be and how it can be researched in a way that is suitable for the preschool’s conditions. We suggest our analytical questions, and the dimensions displayed in our results, as a tool for teachers who plan or evaluate science teaching in the early years.

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Association for Science Education , 2018. Vol. 15, p. 20-27
Keywords [en]
Early childhood education, science education, schoolification, aesthetics, emergent scientific literacy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71943OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-71943DiVA, id: diva2:1284045
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Förskolans möte med Naturvetenskap
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2019-01-30 Created: 2019-01-30 Last updated: 2019-02-05Bibliographically approved

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