Aboard the helicopter: from adult science to early years (and back)

Watts, M. and Salehjee, S. (2020) Aboard the helicopter: from adult science to early years (and back). Early Child Development and Care, 190(1), pp. 21-29. (doi: 10.1080/03004430.2019.1653550)

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This paper links early foundations in science for young children to the eventual achievement of science literacy for adults. There are five key arguments being made: (i) the early-years foundation stage (EYFS) specialists need to have a view for exactly what foundations are being laid in classrooms; (ii) that they all need to be – minimally – scientifically literate, despite the variety of definitions of that term; (iii) becoming scientifically literate is a long-term process of engaging with and developing an interest in ‘matters scientific’ that are easily available in the public domain; (iv) that there is a plethora of informal learning opportunities in science across the UK to foster adult engagement, and (v) taking a ‘helicopter view’ on occasions helps shape planning and processes in the nursery/ reception school classroom. To illuminate this, we offer two examples from materials science that grow out of traditional block play, and from all things plastic.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Early years science, science education, learning opportunities.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Salehjee, Dr Saima
Authors: Watts, M., and Salehjee, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social & Environmental Sustainability
Journal Name:Early Child Development and Care
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1476-8275
Published Online:18 September 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Early Child Development and Care 190(1): 21-29
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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