We just found a succinct and thoughtful article on science education in ECE.
She points us to the ‘six components of the preschool scientific method: observing, classifying, experimenting, predicting, drawing conclusions, and communicating information’, and elaborates on them through the article.
What she doesn’t do is simply label the child a scientist and start waxing lyrical about how clever such a metaphor shows the child to be (which I thoroughly appreciated!). That metaphor (‘the child as scientist’) really annoys me. It shows a pervasive desire to understand children through the terms of an adult profession – and make it seem as if this added value to the child’s ways of being – and really annoys me; it belittles the value of child as child. Why must we seek to understand the child in adult terms? What does such a metaphor really offer?!
Polly Neill (2009) ‘Put away the science activity books and tune in to your science senses!’ Exchange Nov/Dec pp61-64
Apparently, Polly also published a book: Real Science in Preschool: Here, There, and Everywhere (Highscope Press, 2008)