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Science is Primary - Children Thinking and Learning in the Chemistry Laboratory
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Science communication.
2005 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The goal of primary science education is to foster children’s interest, develop positive science attitudes and promote science process skills development. Learning by playing and discovering provides several opportunities for children to inquiry and understand science based on the first–hand experience. The current research was conducted in the children’s laboratory in Heureka, the Finnish science centre. Young children (aged 7 years) which came from 4 international schools did a set of chemistry experiments in the laboratory. From the results of the cognitive test, the pre-test, the post-test, supported by observation and interview, we could make the conclusion that children enjoyed studying in the laboratory. Chemistry science was interesting and fascinating for young children; no major gender differences were found between boys and girls learning in the science laboratory. Lab work not only encouraged children to explore and investigate science, but also stimulated children’s cognitive development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borlänge, 2005. , 79 p.
Keyword [en]
science centre, children’s laboratory, cognitive development, learning by playing, learning by discovering, inquiry-based learning, science process skills.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-2540OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:2540DiVA: diva2:518201
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Available from: 2007-03-19 Created: 2007-03-19 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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