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Ch 16: Scientific Concepts & Processes in Early Childhood Education

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Gain some new perspectives on the processes and concepts of science within the context of early childhood education. Take a closer look at what science is, how to introduce young children to science tools and more.

Scientific Concepts & Processes in Early Childhood Education - Chapter Summary

In these lessons you will study how to approach scientific thinking, reasoning and processes from an early childhood education perspective. You will review the nature and processes of science and scientific thinking, cause and effect and other related concepts.

You will also brush up on how to design a scientific experiment, the relationship of scientific observation to scientific questioning and the types and uses of lab tools and equipment. You will study the following material:

  • Description and explanation of what science is
  • Strategies for developing science skills in children
  • Techniques for and connections between scientific thinking, observation and questioning
  • Definition and illustrations of cause and effect relationships
  • Methods for designing scientific experiments
  • Simple science and lab tools

This comprehensive and powerful study guide features video and text lessons that are designed to make learning interesting, fun and easy. The lessons are short, lasting no longer than ten minutes. Each lesson is accompanied by a quick little quiz, so you can monitor your retention and comprehension every step of the way. Bright, engaging writing and solid information keep you interested, and the chapter test allows you to check your overall mastery of the material.

7 Lessons in Chapter 16: Scientific Concepts & Processes in Early Childhood Education
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The Nature of Science

1. The Nature of Science

This lesson will explore the basic nature of science. It will distinguish science from pseudoscience and hypothesis from theory and natural law; it will give plenty of examples of each.

Scientific Skill Development in Early Childhood

2. Scientific Skill Development in Early Childhood

In this lesson, we will find out more about how teachers can build on the inherent curiosity of young children to create meaningful scientific instruction.

Scientific Ways of Thinking

3. Scientific Ways of Thinking

Are you interested in becoming a scientist? Science is all about gaining knowledge by asking good questions, making observations, testing your ideas and drawing conclusions. With a little practice, you can learn to think like a scientist.

Cause and Effect Relationship: Definition & Examples

4. Cause and Effect Relationship: Definition & Examples

This lesson explores the relationship between cause and effect and teaches you about the criteria for establishing a causal relationship, the difference between correlation and causation, and more.

How Scientific Observations Lead to Scientific Questioning

5. How Scientific Observations Lead to Scientific Questioning

Scientific observations are a major component of the scientific process because they lead scientists to ask questions about the world around them. These questions may then be refined with continued observation, or they may be tested through experimentation.

Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

6. Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists turn hypotheses into theories and laws? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on the design of scientific experiments.

Scientific Tools and Their Uses

7. Scientific Tools and Their Uses

A scientist relies on tools to help make observations, carry out experiments and take measurements. Learn about the scientific tools used in a lab and the advanced tools used by scientists in the life sciences.

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