Investigating Mathematics, Science and Technology in Early Childhood introduces pre-service teachers to the ways in which young children develop mathematics, science and technology understandings through everyday play and investigation. This integrated text focuses on observing, documenting and communicating young childrens mathematics, science and technology learning in educative settings ranging from birth to eight years of age.
Investigating Mathematics, Science and Technology in Early Childhood explores the ways in which young children develop mathematics, science and technology understandings through everyday play and investigation. Taking a holistic approach, the book addresses key areas of knowledge within mathematics, science and technology in the early yearsâ€™ contexts and looks at how they can be integrated to create meaningful learning experiences.It provides clear explanations and examples of mathematical, scientific and technological concepts and processes to help pre-service educators build up their own content knowledge to confidently prepare for practice in early years learning environments.Key featuresFocuses on the birth to eight, with particular attention paid to 0 â€“ 3 ages Learning stories with practical examples and anecdotes from early childhood educators demonstrate how children investigate concepts within mathematics, science and technology learningInvestigation boxes provide examples of childrenâ€™s investigations of mathematics, science and technology and educatorâ€™s interpretations of these, to help build content knowledgeCritical reflective questions throughout encourage readers to consider key issues, interpret examples and reflect upon their own experiences.
Dr Amy MacDonald is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Charles Sturt University.
She is an internationally recognised researcher with Charles Sturt Universitys Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE). She has published a large number of books, book chapters, journal articles and conference papers in the areas of mathematics education, early childhood education, and educational transitions. Amy has received several awards for her work, including the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Early Career Award, the New South Wales Institute for Educational Research Beth Southwell Research Award, and the Charles Sturt University Outstanding Thesis Prize for her PhD. Amy teaches mathematics, science and technology in Charles Sturt Universitys Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years) course.
Dr John Rafferty is a Lecturer in Science Education, Charles Sturt University.
His teaching is directed toward science education for sustainability development and community engagement. A substantial body of his research is directed towards institutional and educational responses to climate change and the role of science education in future environments. John works on projects and initiatives concerning science education outreach programs, teachers environmental attitudes, and educational responses to issues around sustainability.
Takes an integrated approach to covering mathematics, science and technology Birth to eight focus, with particular attention paid to 0-3 not just preschool/early primary (i.e. 4-8 years) Explanation of mathematics, science and technology concepts and processes to support EC students own knowledge and understanding (typically reserved for primary-focused texts) Many examples from the field real artefacts and anecdotes from children, families and practitioners
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