Tag Archives: scientific literacy

Reading is an important part of science education

Unfortunately, Wellington and Osborne have found that “…reading is not seen as an [-p.42] important part of science education. Large amounts of time are devoted to so-called ‘practical work’…. Little time, if any, is set aside or planned for reading. … Continue reading

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Shape and Structure – Dale Tunnicliffe

Still working with Dale Tunnicliffe’s Talking and Doing Science in the Early Years: A practical guide for ages 2-7. … According to her: “All things have a shape, sometimes as a result of the material from which they are made. Shapes … Continue reading

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Communicating in science

“Talking and listening about doing science is not only a one-way transmission from adult to child. the child also has a voice and opinions. Science is about communicating findings, and children usually thoroughly enjoy and instinctively tell an audience about … Continue reading

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Science, everyday life and multiculturalism

Hmmm “In many countries in the world, … it is a goal to promote scientific literacy for citizens, although among under-represented groups, science learning divorced from everyday life alienates many children.” (p.6) Ref: Sue Dale Tunnicliffe (2013) Talking and Doing Science … Continue reading

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Talking and Doing Science in the Early Years – Tunnicliffe

I finally got my hands on Sue Dale Tunnicliffe’s Talking and Doing Science in the Early Years: A practical guide for ages 2-7 (2013). It is a book “designed to provide educators who interact with young children aged seven and under with starting … Continue reading

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Scientific literacy and the news in education

Billy McClune & Ruth Jarman write: “News is a significant media form and one through which, with increasing frequency, interesting and important science-related matters are brought to public attention. As a recent report by the Science and Media Expert Group (SMEG) (2010) observes ‘some … Continue reading

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Science writing – for the news vs for the academe

“Science writing in a news context is intrinsically different from science writing in an academic context. As Peters et al. (2008) stress, ‘From a social constructivist point of view, science and journalism construct knowledge about the world according to different principles’ (p. 269). … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Media representations of Food Scares

To Tell the Truth: Keys in Newspaper Portrayals of the Public During Food Scares Sarathchandra, Dilshani; Ten Eyck, Toby A. Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of MultidisciplinaryResearch, Volume 16, Number 1, March 2013 , pp. 107-124(18) Abstract: Numerous food scares have … Continue reading

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‘Ten things we need to know about ice and snow’

There was a great article on the global importance of ice in Nature earlier this year that I only just stumbled across today…  According to Thorsten Bartels-Rausch: “Ice is central to climate, geology and life. Understanding the behaviour is essential for predicting … Continue reading

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