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How can teachers use study results that reveal children are natural scientists?

rstockda New User
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A new Cornell study published in a special issue of Developmental Psychology seems to confirm what we already know - that children are natural scientists.You can read a story about the study: Preschoolers can discern good sources of information from bad.

 

The study, led by Tamar Kushnir, the Evalyn Edwards Milman Assistant Professor of Child Development and the director of the Cornell College of Human Ecology’s Early Childhood Cognition Laboratory, shows that preschooler’s can “infer what a person might know from watching what they do…and they can then use this [information] to choose whom to learn from.”

 

What do you do in your classroom to cultivate the next generation of “natural scientists"?

  • Re: How can teachers use study results that reveal children are natural scientists?
    gina1 New User
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    I don't have a classroom but I train my teachers how to use Discovery Education Digital Resources to help cultivate the next generation of "natural scientists'. How? Discovery Education has a Student Center that all the students in our school division can have accounts that they access at school, home, anywhere they can access the Internet. Students can be assigned individual videos as well as quizzes, assignments, and writing prompts. Teachers can differentiate instruction by using Bloom's Taxonomy when creating questions and design them specifically for each student or different groups of students.

     

    My teachers have found this resource to be very valuable because it has over 10,000 digital videos to choose from!

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