Science & Education

, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 1265–1266 | Cite as

R. Duschl, H. Schweingruber, and A. Shouse: Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching in Grades K-8

National Research Council, Washington DC, 2007, ISBN-10: 0-309-10205-7, ISBN-13: 978-0-309-10205-6, 404 pp, price $44.96
  • Kostas Kampourakis
Book Review

Are elementary students able to learn science? Should elementary teachers put too much effort on this, or should they just let this job done properly by their secondary colleagues, who are usually trained as scientists and who are working with grown up and more mature students? I would insist that this is the worst option. Conceptual development research shows that students often have intuitions which generate serious preconceptions about the natural world. These preconceptions arise in childhood, and the older students get, the more difficult it is for them to overcome these. Since major conceptual shifts take place during childhood, it might be more effective to teach some core science concepts in younger ages. Young students might accommodate scientific concepts more easily than older ones and they might also learn more complex concepts more effectively when they grow up because of their earlier experiences and knowledge.

This is what makes Taking Science to Schoolan enormously...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geitonas School AthensGreece

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