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Exploring Science with Young Children

Exploring Science with Young Children
A Developmental Perspective

First Edition

March 2016 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Association for Science Education Book Award 2016, Finalist.

Science in the early years is about more than developing understanding of key scientific concepts, it is about encouraging imagination, creativity and curiosity and nurturing key scientific skills to form a firm base for learning. Understanding how best to do this for young children aged 3-7 is the focus of the book.

By concentrating on practical and naturally occurring experiences the authors look at meeting the needs of the curriculum with children at the centre of their own learning.

Chapters look at how to work with children to:

  • Find out and develop their own ideas
  • Get them inquiring scientifically
  • Use evidence to support their views

This book will really help develop the whole child across the curriculum and make sure they have the skills they need for later learning.


CHAPTER 1: Introduction
CHAPTER 2: The Nature of Early Years Science
CHAPTER 3: Finding Out Children's Ideas
CHAPTER 4: Developing Conceptual Understanding in Science
CHAPTER 5: Working Scientifically and Developing Science Inquiry Skills
CHAPTER 6: Encouraging the Expression of Ideas
CHAPTER 7: The Uses of Technology to Support Learning
CHAPTER 8: Planning, Assessment and Record Keeping

A very theory based book - from the title, I was hoping for a text which offered students ideas of activities to introduce science based theory to young children, with rationale and further learning opportunities which could be explored in the child education setting or at home.

Mrs Bernice Sutcliffe
Education , Leeds City College
June 14, 2016

I really like the Pause for Thought and Background Science sections as this allows students who are less confident in their science ability to have focus points for discussion or to mull over.

Mrs Claire Garven
Faculty of Education (Frenchay), University of The West of England
December 1, 2015

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