Science education in the early years is vital to assist young children to come to know and understand the world around them. In this second edition, Science in Early Childhood has been substantially updated and revised to include comprehensive coverage of the birth-to-eight age group. Drawing on the most up-to-date research, this edition presents current issues and debates relevant to pre-service teachers of early childhood science, both at pre-school and in the early years of schooling. This text complements the Australian Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum: Science. Each chapter develops knowledge of key areas of science and explains how to guide children's learning. Learning objectives and chapter overviews identify key themes that will be covered, and the theory is enlivened through the use of detailed case studies and practical examples. Written by experts in the field, Science in Early Childhood is essential reading for pre-service teachers.
Coral Campbell is a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University, Geelong. Wendy Jobling is a Lecturer at Deakin University, Burwood. Christine Howitt is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, Perth.
Part I. What Initial Information Should I Know to Teach Science?: 1. The place of science in the early years Coral Campbell and Christine Howitt; 2. Science in the national early years learning framework Andrea Nolan; 3. Science in the Australian curriculum Kathryn Paige; 4. Learning theories related to early childhood science education Coral Campbell; Part II. How Can I Enhance Children's Learning of Science: 5. Approaches to enhance science learning Coral Campbell and Kate Chealuck; 6. Using play pedagogy in the early years in science education Jane Johnson; 7. Developing pedagogical practices for science teaching and learning with 3- and 4-year-old children Elaine Blake and Christine Howitt; Part III. How Can I Use the Learning Environment to Enhance Children's Science Understandings?: 8. Supporting science understandings through the learning environment Coral Campbell, Wendy Jobling and Christine Howitt; 9. Learning science in informal contexts: the home and community Jill Robbins; 10. Environmental education in natural play spaces Coral Campbell and Amy Cutter-Mackenzie; Part IV. How Do I Plan and Assess in Science?: 11. Planning for teaching science in the early years Christine Howitt; 12. Observing, assessing and documenting science learning in the early years Coral Campbell.