Title

Educational interventions to advance children's scientific thinking.

Date of Original Version

8-19-2011

Type

Article

PubMed ID

21852489

Abstract or Description

The goal of science education interventions is to nurture, enrich, and sustain children's natural and spontaneous interest in scientific knowledge and procedures. We present taxonomy for classifying different types of research on scientific thinking from the perspective of cognitive development and associated attempts to teach science. We summarize the literature on the early--unschooled--development of scientific thinking, and then focus on recent research on how best to teach science to children from preschool to middle school. We summarize some of the current disagreements in the field of science education and offer some suggestions on ways to continue to advance the science of science instruction.

DOI

10.1126/science.1204528

 

Published In

Science, 333, 6045, 971-975.