Developing scientific literacy: introducing primary aged children to atomic-molecular theory

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Donovan, Jennifer and Haeusler, Carole. 2015. "Developing scientific literacy: introducing primary aged children to atomic-molecular theory." de Silva, Eugene (ed.) Cases on research-based teaching methods in science education. Hershey, PA. United States. IGI Global. pp. 30-63
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Developing scientific literacy: introducing primary aged children to atomic-molecular theory

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2177
Book TitleCases on research-based teaching methods in science education
AuthorsDonovan, Jennifer (Author) and Haeusler, Carole (Author)
Editorsde Silva, Eugene
Page Range30-63
SeriesAdvances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design
Chapter Number2
Number of Pages34
Year2015
PublisherIGI Global
Place of PublicationHershey, PA. United States
ISBN9781466663756
9781466663763
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-6375-6.ch002
Web Address (URL)http://www.igi-global.com/book/cases-research-based-teaching-methods/105953
Abstract

This chapter challenges existing school science curricula modes for teaching atomic-molecular structure and describes a current research project designed to provide supporting evidence for reviewing school science curricula. Using evidence from this project and other research studies, the chapter argues for the introduction of atomic-molecular structure in the curriculum at Year 3 or 4 and proposes that consideration be given to devising a spiral curriculum in which the macroscopic and microscopic properties of matter are taught concurrently rather than sequentially.

Keywordsatomic-molecular theory; big ideas of science; spiral curriculum; models
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
390304. Primary education
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Faculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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