Searching for scientific Mozarts: get em' while they're young

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Donovan, Jennifer, Haeusler, Carole and Stewart, Ian. 2013. "Searching for scientific Mozarts: get em' while they're young." The Conversation. 18 June 2013, pp. 1-4.
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Searching for scientific Mozarts: get em' while they're young

Article CategoryBlog
AuthorsDonovan, Jennifer (Author), Haeusler, Carole (Author) and Stewart, Ian (Author)
Publication TitleThe Conversation
Journal Citation18 June 2013, pp. 1-4
Number of Pages4
Year2013
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
Web Address (URL)https://theconversation.com/searching-for-scientific-mozarts-get-em-while-theyre-young-15006
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To make a better society and economy, Australia needs a scientifically literate populace capable of making informed decisions. But traditionally, teaching the 'big ideas' in science only appears in the later years of high school. In the new Australian Curriculum: Science, the first mention of 'atoms' is in Year 9, when most students are already 14 years old. Is it possible that primary children, thought to be only concrete thinkers, can engage with abstract concepts such as atomic-molecular theory?

Keywordsprimary children; atomic-molecular theory; scientific literacy; big ideas of science
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
390304. Primary education
520401. Cognition
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Faculty of Education
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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