Learning science and intuition

“Intuition … can readily be honed by including it explicitly within the learning context. Recent research on the learning of science shows that children develop a much richer understanding of how to do science, a much firmer, more flexible grasp of scientific thinking, if they are encouraged to bring their intuitions about how the world works into the laboratory with them: to share them, explore them and test them out. … intuition is a vital way of knowing in scientific research. By working with their intuitions rather than ignoring them, children are learning not just science as a body of knowledge, but to think like scientists.” (219)

Ref: Guy Claxton (1998) Hare Brain Tortoise mind: why intelligence increases when you think less. Fourth Estate:London


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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