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Curricula for Diversity in Education by Will Swann, Patricia Potts, Mary Masterton, Tony Booth

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Chapter 4

Primary science

Starting from children’s ideas

Pamela Wadsworth

One of the most important factors influencing children’s learning is the knowledge and understanding which they bring to any new task. From their experiences children build up a set of explanations and beliefs which enable them to make sense of what happens around them. The recognition that children have their own ideas about phenomena, and that they may be very different from their teacher’s ideas, has important implications for teaching and learning. In this chapter Pamela Wadsworth discusses some of the ideas that primary children hold about natural events and processes and how these influence their learning in school. The chapter is based on the work of the SPACE ...

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