Introducing scientific concepts to children
Introducing scientific concepts to children

Steve Sizmur and John Ashby

Research Report, July 1997

This book describes the approaches used by teachers in a range of schools to introduce two specific scientific topics. Common threads are identified through these approaches, as well as points of difference, and are related to a theoretical framework.

Key Findings:

The results show

  • how teachers made use of children's existing ideas
  • how they created the 'need to learn' the new scientific ideas
  • how they integrated various resources and approaches, including exposition, analogies and practical tasks, to build up a scientific 'model'
  • how children's understanding reflected the approaches used by their teachers.

Further Information:
Format: PDF, 70pp, ISBN: 0700514597
Sponsor(s): NFER

How to cite this publication:

Sizmur, S. and Ashby, J. (1997). Introducing scientific concepts to children. Slough: NFER.