This book is a collation of linked articles extracted from Teaching Science. The articles were all written by scholarly researcher, Christine Preston, on the topic of inquiry-based science / STEM learning in the first year(s) of school. This collection of articles aims to provide hands-on activities designed especially for early years students to encourage their natural curiosity and promote development of scientific thinking.
Based on Christine’s two decades of class-based research this book has been designed as a professional learning resource for teachers, as well as a curriculum companion for teacher education students and teacher educators / researchers. The book contains a wealth of information, including: teaching strategies, insights into children’s thinking, evidence of learning from work samples, and effective and creative ways to explore specific concepts and topic areas. It also includes ideas for practical tasks readers can directly use, modify, or be inspired by to create their own learning experiences. All science domains: biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics are represented as well as STEM, scientific inquiry skills, and technologies.