Science in early childhood education

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Based on an action research project with 12 preschools in a municipality north of Copenhagen the article investigates and takes a first step in order to create a preschool science Didaktik. The theoretical background comprises a pedagogical/didactical approach based on German critical constructive Bildung Didaktik, and a learning approach based on a Vygotskian cultural-historical activity theory. A science-oriented dynamic contextual didactical model was developed as a tool for educational thinking and planning. The article presents five educational principles for a preschool science Didaktik. Several problems are discussed, the main being: How can preschool teachers balance children’s sense of wonder, i.e. their construction of knowledge (which often result in a anthropocentric thinking) against a teaching approach, which gives children a scientific understanding of scientific phenomena.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Education and Human development
Vol/bind4
Tidsskriftsnummer2(1)
Sider (fra-til)107-124
Antal sider17
ISSN234-296X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 15 jun. 2015

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  • science didaktik, children's science thinking, science educational principles, critical education , Naturfag/science education, Dagtilbud, Early childhood, Læring

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