Child-led enquiry in primary science

Lynda Dunlop, Kirstie Compton, Linda Clarke, Valerie McKelvey-Martin

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Abstract

This research describes and evaluates the application of a child-led approach to scientific enquiry (the Community of Scientific Enquiry, CoSE) to children aged 8–11 (Key Stage 2) in Northern Ireland. Primary teachers were introduced to CoSE at a workshop and asked to evaluate its implementation with their class. Results from children (n = 364) and teachers (n = 19) found that CoSE engaged children with their science learning, and also developed confidence and oracy. However, teachers require more experience developing facilitation skills and in fitting science into a thematic teaching unit.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-481
JournalEducation 3–13
Volume43
Issue number5
Early online date1 Aug 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • philosophy for children
  • science education
  • community of enquiry

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    Dunlop, L., Compton, K., Clarke, L., & McKelvey-Martin, V. (2015). Child-led enquiry in primary science. Education 3–13, 43(5), 462-481. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2013.822013