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Nature of science in early years science teaching
Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Research environment Learning in Science and Mathematics (LISMA). Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Department of Mathematics and Science Education. Kristianstad University, Research Platform Collaboration for Education. (LISMA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3175-5185
Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Research environment Learning in Science and Mathematics (LISMA). Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Department of Mathematics and Science Education. Kristianstad University, Research Platform Collaboration for Education. (LISMA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8255-3607
Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Research environment Learning in Science and Mathematics (LISMA). Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Forskningsmiljön Barndom, Lärande och Utbildning (BALU). Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Arbete i skolan (AiS). Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences specializing in Pre-School and After School Care, Teaching and Learning. Kristianstad University, Research Platform Collaboration for Education. (LISMA)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7276-5422
2021 (English)In: European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, ISSN 1350-293X, E-ISSN 1752-1807, p. 1-13Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The research field of science education has gathered questions about what science is, how scientific knowledge is developed and in what ways humans are involved in these processes under the umbrella concept ‘nature of science’ (NOS). Previous research has suggested that teaching ought to focus much more on these issues, but so far the focus has been on older children and students, while there is a lack of research on NOS teaching for the youngest children (up to six years). In this conceptual article,we suggest that NOS should be taught from the outset, and thus be part of science teaching in the early years. We put forward arguments as to why this early introduction coupled to the overall values and aims of democracy and social justice is important, and elaborate on the kind of NOS issues that could be included in science teaching aimed at the youngest children.

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2021. p. 1-13
Keywords [en]
Nature of science, NOS, early years science, social justice, democracy
Keywords [sv]
Naturvetenskapernas karaktär, Förskola, Demokrati
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-22363DOI: 10.1080/1350293X.2021.1968463ISI: 000688346600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-22363DiVA, id: diva2:1588391
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This work was supported by the research platform ‘Collaboration for Learning’ at Kristianstad University, Sweden [2017-2312-519, 2018-2312-557 and 2019-2312-590].

Available from: 2021-08-27 Created: 2021-08-27 Last updated: 2021-09-09Bibliographically approved

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Hansson, LenaLeden, LottaThulin, Susanne

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