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  • Date: 11/01/2001
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Current accounts of the development of scientific reasoning focus on individual children's ability to coordinate the collection and evaluation of evidence with the creation of theories to explain the evidence. This observational study of parent–child interactions in a children's museum demonstrated that parents shape and support children's ... »
  • Date: 09/10/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    WGBH is producing and disseminating two seasons of a daily, half-hour television science series and accompanying outreach for three to five year olds. The series will be carried nationally as part of Discovery Television's newly expanded Discovery Kids. The project, "Peep and the Big Wide World," will model a developmentally-appropriate process of ... »
  • Date: 05/03/2001
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    Young children's everyday scientific thinking often occurs in the context of parent-child interactions. In a study of naturally occurring family conversation, parents were three times more likely to explain science to boys than to girls while using interactive science exhibits in a museum. This difference in explanation occurred despite the fact ... »
  • Date: 04/15/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Charles A. Dana Center of the University of Texas at Austin, will use a one-year planning grant to assess the design of standards-based mathematics and science resources for early childhood educators. The project will produce a prototype curriculum unit, based on "The Wonder of Water," which was developed as part of the Texas SSI Family ... »
  • Date: 04/12/2001
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This volume explores the integration of recent research on everyday, classroom, and professional scientific thinking. It brings together an international group of researchers to present core findings from each context; discuss connections between contexts, and explore structures; technologies, and environments to facilitate the development and ... »
  • Date: 04/10/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Vermont Center for the Book is developing "Mother Goose Cares about Math and Science," an integrated curriculum of science process skills and standards-based mathematics concepts for preschool children. A college credit course will be developed for childcare providers based on this curriculum. The course increases science and math literacy and ... »
  • Date: 04/01/2001
    Resource Category: Summative
    This report presents findings from a summative evaluation of Go Figure! conducted by Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. (RK&A) for the Minnesota Children's Museum (MCM). Go Figure! is a traveling exhibition that is visiting both libraries and children's museums across the country. The exhibition was developed by the Minnesota Children's Museum ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2001
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Randi Korn, director, and Johanna Jones, senior associate, both at Randi Korn & Associates, describe their recent evaluation work on an exhibition at the Minnesota Children's Museum. The exhibit, "Go Figure!" was designed to introduce early math concepts to 2- to 7- year olds through child-size environments based on familiar ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2001
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    Years before encountering their first formal science lessons in elementary school, children may already be practicing scientific thinking on a weekly, if not daily, basis. In one recent survey, parents reported that their kindergartners engaged, on average, in more than 300 informal science education activities per year - watching science ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2001
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    When designing programs for science learning, it is important to consider that children's experiences with science begin years before they encounter science in the classroom. Children's developing understanding of science begins in their everyday activities and conversations about the natural and technical world. Children develop "scientific ... »