Science education is often neglected in the curriculum of elementary schools, particularly during the primary grades. If it is taught at all, it is often reduced to a compilation of facts that are not meaningful to young students. This shortchanges both the students and their teachers.
To achieve meaningful approaches to learning, teachers, as primary gatekeepers of early childhood education, must be willing to include science in an already full curriculum that focuses intensely on literacy and mathematics. The trick is to integrate science into math and literacy curricula, so that both literacy and math programs gain meaning and so that children are exposed to science-based topics that will impact their lives throughout high school and beyond.Science and mathematics education should not be limited to simply increasing students' knowledge of content, for there is a much broader and more important goal for K-12 science and mathematics instruction: the development of students as critical thinkers!Possessing a wealth of math algorithms and random science facts will do students little good if they do not understand how to apply this knowledge in real world environments, rather than just on standardized tests. That students value and are literate in both mathematics and science is vital for the future of society.
- Early Childhood Science Education
- Teacher Beliefs