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Articles about Science for Young Learners

NSTA Position Statement: Early Childhood Science Education

Developed by NSTA. Read about the types of science experiences that the National Science Teachers Association advocates for young children.

Teaching Science During the Early Childhood Years

Kathy Trundle. This paper provides a brief overview of research into topics such as The Importance of Science in Early Childhood Education, Young Children's Early Ideas about Science, and Effectively Teaching Children Science.

Promoting the Development of Scientific Thinking

Ruth Wilson. This paper encourages a constructivist approach to early childhood science and discusses the importance of children's explorations and of emphasizing children's curiosity and thinking over learning "right answers."

Science at the Center of the Integrated Curriculum: Ten Benefits Noted by Head Start Teachers

Developed by NAEYC. Learn what Head Start teachers consider the top ten benefits a using science as an integrating concept and share the list with few teachers.

Students can Learn by Explaining, Studies Say

Sarah Sparks. Summarizing research that looks into how young children (ages 3-5) learn, the author reports that providing children with multiple experiences and urging children to generate explanations during those experiences leads to great understanding of relationships and patterns.

Picturing What's Possible—Portraits of Science Inquiry in Early Childhood Classrooms

Cindy Hoisington. This article describes four distinct areas of science teaching practice, including preparing the classroom environment for inquiry and establishing routines that help children make meaning, facilitating children's open exploration, and promoting children's reflection through representation and conversation. Example scenarios of teacher practice are used as well as examples of challenges that teachers face in each of these areas.

STEM in the Early Years

Llillian Katz. This paper addresses the challenges facing early childhood educators regarding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and the importance of a "project approach" to addressing basic STEM goals.

Science in Early Childhood Classrooms: Content and Process

Karen Worth. This paper describes what the nature of science teaching and learning in the early childhood classroom should be and provides a structure for learning through inquiry and criteria for the selection of appropriate content for young children. It concludes with a discussion of implications for the classroom, focusing on child-centered curriculum, the role of materials, the use of time and space, the key role of discussion and representation, and the teacher's role.