Children's Literature in the Primary Science Curriculum: A Valuable Tool for Promoting Scientific Literacy

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dc.contributor.author Rapp, Stefanie
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-30T20:30:29Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-30T20:30:29Z
dc.date.issued 2011-06-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/4964
dc.description Teaching and Learning Department Capstone Project en_US
dc.description.abstract This essay will explore the professional literature that provides the rationale for using children’s literature in an inquiry-based, primary science curriculum (preschool to grade three). My belief, based on the findings of educational researchers in the fields of human development, science education, and literacy education, is that teachers can use children’s literature to develop the scientific literacy of young learners. Children’s literature does so by encouraging motivation, promoting engagement, and serving as an authentic model of the act of science. The essay will describe why the traditional textbook approach to science education has been unable to produce satisfactory student achievement in science. Then, the essay will make the case for using children’s literature and will describe the supportive learning environment and curricular and assessment strategies that are needed to fulfill the possibilities that children’s literature provides. My hope is that this essay will highlight the advantages of children’s literature that help children begin the path towards becoming scientifically literate adults. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University. Peabody College en_US
dc.subject science curriculum en_US
dc.subject children's literature en_US
dc.subject inquiry-based science en_US
dc.subject early elementary en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Science -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Curricula en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Children's literature -- Study and teaching (Elementary) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Inquiry-based learning en_US
dc.title Children's Literature in the Primary Science Curriculum: A Valuable Tool for Promoting Scientific Literacy en_US
dc.type Capstone en_US
dc.description.college Peabody College of Education and Human Development en_US
dc.description.department Department of Teaching and Learning en_US

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