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Inquiry into Math, Science & Technology for Teaching Young Children 1st Edition

Arleen Pratt Prairie

  • Published
  • 352 Pages

Overview

Inquiry into Math, Science and Technology for Teaching Young Children uses current theory as foundation for the rich and varied math and science curriculum in preschool and kindergarten. The curriculum in this text easily embraces developmentally appropriate practice, emergent curriculum, Reggio Emilia and the Project Approach. Students can connect the rich math and science curriculum with the national standards in math and science plus the NAEYC Early Childhood Professional Preparation Standards. By using the ways we know children learn best, students are guided to develop their own curriculum for children while incorporating the national standards. The text guides early childhood students to inquire how children learn by capturing the innate curiosity and emerging thinking skills of young children. The writing of this text invites students to explore math and science inquiry themselves, to engage in the curiosity and innovative thinking of young children, and become immersed in their new concept of teaching through experiencing children’s learning.

Arleen Pratt Prairie, Harlod Washington College (Emerita)

Professor Emerita, City Colleges of Chicago; M.Ed. Early Childhood Education, Erikson Institute; co-author: Emotional Connections: Teaching How Relationships Guide Early Learning
  • Anecdotes and straightforward information enable students to easily grasp theoretical conceptsDiscussions of family, culture and societal issues promote understanding of children�s approach to thinking and learningPresentation of current early childhood theory enables its integration into math and science curriculum developmentDiscussion of technology in the early childhood classroom gives students a knowledge base of appropriate and innovative technology usesInstructor�s manual offers in-class learning activities and hands-on laboratory experiences on the process and topics of the three subjects Curriculum Inquiry Topics in math and science encourage their integration into the students� own teaching
  • Discussions of family, culture and societal issues promote understanding of children�s approach to thinking and learning
  • Presentation of current early childhood theory enables its integration into math and science curriculum development
  • Discussion of technology in the early childhood classroom gives students a knowledge base of appropriate and innovative technology uses
  • Curriculum Inquiry Topics in math and science encourage their integration into the students� own teaching
Part I: Theory and Inquiry
Chapter 1: The Process of Inquiry into Math, Science and Technology
Chapter 2: The Thinking of the Young Child
Chapter 3: Socially Shared Learning
Chapter 4: Learning to Listen and Learning to Respond
Chapter 5: Exploring
Chapter 6: Identifying Materials and Processes
Chapter 7: Classifying, Comparing and Contrasting
Chapter 8: Hypothesizing and Generalizing
Chapter 9: Communicating Results
Chapter 10: The Number Sense of Math
Chapter 11: Technology in the Preschool Classroom
Part II: Investigation and Curriculum
Chapter 12: Approaches to Curriculum
Chapter 13: Environments
Chapter 14: Exploring Basic Math and Numeracy
Chapter 15: Exploring Math in Chapter, Space and Time
Chapter 16: Exploring Physical Science
Chapter 17: Exploring Earth Science
Chapter 18: Exploring Life Science: Plants
Chapter 19: Exploring Life Science: Animals
Chapter 20: Inquiry as Approach to Life

It [this text] gives one of the best theoretical explanations of how young children think. It is easy to read and has lots of science and math ideas ready to use in your classroom.

This research-based text, containing practical methods to guide and support professional decisions, will provide students with many valuable opportunities to support inquiry-based learning in the areas of math, science, and technology.

The greatest strength [of this text] is the author’s philosophy on how teachers should plan and also how children best learn…through active exploration and at their own pace…giving children choices and teaching them how to teach themselves.