Where do I come from? Young children engaging with ‘big’ questions and the role of adults

Meehan, C. (2017) Where do I come from? Young children engaging with ‘big’ questions and the role of adults. School Science Review. ISSN 0036-6811. (In Press)

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Abstract

Young children have an amazing capacity to ponder about some of life’s ‘big’ questions. They are natural scientists, theorising and testing through play and creating new knowledge from the day they are born, or some would argue this starts before birth. The role of parents and early childhood educators is to create climates for young children to question, wonder, explore possibilities, test hypotheses, learn through trial and error and find answers. This paper presents some examples for those adults working with young children that aim to challenge and promote inquiry based approaches to learning and create spaces for children to ask ‘big’ questions, gain insight into children’s epistemic thinking and to find answers using science as well as other disciplines.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1139.2 Early childhood education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > School of Childhood and Education Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Catherine Meehan
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 10:17
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2017 11:13
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15790

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