Chapter 2: Researching children's understanding and ways of learning
Chapter 2 looks at various ways to research children's thinking and ideas about a range of concepts in science.
Connecting to the book
The interview cards shown in Figure 2.4 can be downloaded and used to undertake your own research with children.
One way to analyse observations of children learning science in everyday life, or in the classroom/early childhood setting is to use Barbara Rogoff's three lenses. An example is shown on page 46 of the textbook, and is available for download in this folder.
Barbara Rogoff's most recent work can be found on YouTube at the following link:
Rogoff asks the question, 'How do people learn if they are not taught?' In this YouTube video, Barbara briefly shares the historical and recent life stories of a woman learning to be a midwife in a Mayan community in the context of Western science. As you listen to Barbara sharing her work, consider the question she poses. Also think about the historical and recent changes in beliefs about important cultural practices in the context of science. How would you work with and build upon traditional forms of knowledge when teaching science to young children?
The appendix from page 55 of the book is available to download for your personal use.
CAMBRIDGE DYNAMIC SCIENCE
Purchasers of Science for Children are provided with a single-use, 6-month subscription to Cambridge Dynamic Science. This online resource contains interactive content to support complex science topics. For more information visit the website at: https://dynamicscience.cambridge.edu.au/