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Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness

The authors are responding to the critical need for empirical evidence on effective strategies to improve preschool science instruction in preschool. By focusing on the Head Start community, "Foundations of Science Literacy (FSL)" is a credit-bearing professional development course that directly addresses the achievement gap in early science education. The program not only addresses an urgent need of great significance, it also integrates the resources, structure, and support that preschool teachers need to improve early science learning and teaching. Based on many years of experience, they have learned that episodic workshops, offered without a sound curriculum or credit, do little to change teachers' classroom practice. In sharp contrast, the great promise of FSL is that it includes several features that create a comprehensive approach. The present study was designed to test the impact of "FSL" on (1) preschool teachers' knowledge of scientific concepts and pedagogy of teaching science to preschoolers, and ultimately (2) preschool children's understanding of science and improved scientific thinking. By implementing a randomized-controlled study, they can examine the impacts of FSL on preschool children, and begin to understand which factors effectively play a role in linking teacher professional development to children's scientific thinking capacities. (Contains 7 tables.)

Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Preschool Education, Science Instruction, Preschool Teachers, Faculty Development, Scientific Literacy, Preschool Children, Scientific Concepts, Inquiry, Student Characteristics, Context Effect, Educational Quality

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Autor: Gropen, Jess; Clark-Chiarelli, Nancy; Ehrlich, Stacy; Thieu, Yen

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2074&id=ED518137

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