Cultural Studies of Science Education

Science Education during Early Childhood

A Cultural-Historical Perspective

Authors: Roth, Wolff-Michael, Mafra Goulart, Maria Ines, Plakitsi, Katerina

  • Provides the first consistent approach to early childhood science education and teacher training from a cultural-historical perspective Brings together child development and science education for early years Supports the development of curriculum and teacher education programs for the preschool years

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About this book

Children’s learning and understanding of science during their pre-school years has been a neglected topic in the education literature—something this volume aims to redress. Paradigmatic notions of science education, with their focus on biologically governed development and age-specific accession to scientific concepts, have perpetuated this state of affairs. This book offers a very different perspective, however. It has its roots in the work of cultural-historical activity theorists, who, since Vygotsky, have assumed that any higher cognitive function existed in and as a social relation first. Accepting this precept removes any lower limit we may deem appropriate on children’s cognitive engagement with science-related concepts. 

The authors describe and analyze the ways in which children aged from one to five grapple with scientific concepts, and also suggest ways in which pre-service and in-service teachers can be prepared to teach in ways that support children’s development in cultural and historical contexts. In doing so, the book affirms the value of cultural-historical activity theory as an appropriate framework for analyzing preschool children’s participation in science learning experiences, and shows that that the theory provides an appropriate framework for understanding learning, as well as for planning and conducting training for pre-school teachers.

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“As there is so little available on the topic of science during the preschool years, the authors have made a successful attempt to fill the gap with this title. This book, which combines practical work for students and teachers, will be useful for all those who work in the early childhood sector as teachers or teacher educators. … I would recommend this study to both teachers in practice and also student teachers. … A sure sign that there is plenty to gather from this text.” (Sujatha Gomathinayagam, hekupu.ac.nz, Vol. 3 (2), March, 2013)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Learning, Development, and Cultural-Historical Activity Theory

    Roth, Wolff-Michael (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • The Origins of Reading: Science Texts

    Roth, Wolff-Michael (et al.)

    Pages 19-39

  • The Genesis of Conceptual Categories

    Roth, Wolff-Michael (et al.)

    Pages 41-60

  • Engaging Children in Collective Curriculum Design

    Roth, Wolff-Michael (et al.)

    Pages 67-90

  • Margin|Center

    Roth, Wolff-Michael (et al.)

    Pages 91-110

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
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Hardcover $159.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-8046-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Science Education during Early Childhood
Book Subtitle
A Cultural-Historical Perspective
Authors
Series Title
Cultural Studies of Science Education
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5186-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5186-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5185-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8046-9
Series ISSN
1879-7229
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 224
Topics