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Child-led enquiry in primary science

Dunlop, Lynda, Compton, Kirstie, Clarke, Linda and McKelvey-Martin, Valerie (2015) Child-led enquiry in primary science. Education 3–13, 43 (5). pp. 462-481. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2013.822013

DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2013.822013


his 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.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:philosophy for children, science education, community of enquiry
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:31929
Deposited By: Professor Linda Clarke
Deposited On:30 Jun 2015 08:21
Last Modified:30 Jun 2015 08:21

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