The many sides of the Moon

Corridoni, Tommaso and Giugni, Maya (2013) The many sides of the Moon. In: Proceedings of the International Conference New perspectives in Science Education International Conference New perspectives in Science Education, March, 14-15, 2103, Firenze. (Submitted)

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Many pre-service kindergarten teachers think that 3-5 y/o children are too y/oung to do science (seen as the collection of facts, laws and formalized theories learnt during their high school), so as they are too old to do the same. Given that “to be close to the child” doesn’t mean at all to forget our own scientific culture, but to be always ready to catch his/her scientific thought (more subtle and powerful than we would often imagine), a useful exercise for pre-service teachers is to let them collect, analyze and study children’s conceptions about a scientific theme, while they do the same with their own conceptions on the same theme. The comparison of the two sides of the coin let teachers recognize that they and their pupils are on the same road “toward science”, but only them could “come back” along it, wherever they are, to help children to “move forward” it together. We show two examples in which the representational reorganization between y/oung teachers and their pupils is relevant.

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