The Scientific method as ECE curriculum

I mentioned this book yesterday (and I reiterate my dissatisfaction with the concept of ‘exceptionally bright’ children), but… that aside, I like Gadzikowski’s approach to science education. She writes:

“Regardless of what scientific topic captures the interest of the children in your class, you will be best equipped to challenge the […] children if you structure your science-related curriculum using the scientific method. The scientific method is a standardized technique used in the field of science and science education for investigating scientific or natural phenomena and deepening our understanding of how the world works. The scientific method follows a sequence like this:

  1. Ask a question.
  2. Do preliminary research on the question.
  3. Construct a hypothesis, which is a possible explanation as to how or why something occurs.
  4. Conduct an experiment or make intentional observations that test the hypothesis or try to show it is wrong.
  5. Analyze the data and draw a conclusion.
  6. Communicate the results by presenting your findings to others.” (p.98)

Ref: Ann Gadzikowski (2013) Challenging Exceptionally Bright Children in Early Childhood Classrooms. Redleaf Press: St. Paul, MN; NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children): Washington

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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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