The Nature Of Science On Early Childhood Essay

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Ashbrook, P. (2014). The Nature of Science in Early Childhood. Science & Children, 52(1), 24-25.

To begin, this article is very beneficial to all early childhood teachers. It gives tips and advice to teaching young students science, and then explains why something should or should not be done in a science class. The author gives descriptive details as to what teachers in a science class should say to get students to think about science, and to think like scientists. The author then talks about the nature of science and how children will interpret science differently. One point that Ashbrook makes, and that I found most useful is that, “Kindergarten-first and second grade students can begin to understand what science is, who does science and how scientists work (2014,p. 24)”. This is important for all early childhood educators to know. The end of the article then gives a lesson plan that includes some of the suggestions from the article, like including specific questioning and fostering children’s ability to observe. This article can be useful to me as a future teacher for many reasons. First, after reading this article I have gained a better understanding of the nature of science and how science works. I have learned that it is very beneficial to encourage investigative behavior in the classroom rather than giving the students materials and a layout of what should be done. The nature of science is better taught when the teacher does not guide every detail of…

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