Enquiring Children, Challenging Teaching: Investigating Science Processes

Enquiring Children, Challenging Teaching: Investigating Science Processes

Enquiring Children, Challenging Teaching: Investigating Science Processes

Enquiring Children, Challenging Teaching: Investigating Science Processes

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This text describes the development of children's enquiry skills offering a rationale and theoretical basis for teaching and learning using this approach and seeks to show its particular relevance to scientific enquiries.

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Why?
Why are the leaves always green, Dad?
Why are there thorns on a rose?
Why do you want my neck clean, Dad?
Why do hairs grow from your nose?

Why can dogs hear what we can’t, Dad?
Why has the engine just stalled?
Why are you rude about Aunt, Dad?
Why are you going all bald?

Why is Mum taller than you, Dad?
Why can’t the dog stand the cat?
Why’s Grandma got a moustache, Dad?
Why are you growing more fat?

Why don’t you answer my questions?
You used to; you don’t any more.
Why? Tell me why. Tell my why, Dad?
Do you think I am being a bore?

John Kitching

We are an inquisitive species: we look under stones, we unwrap the present with excitement, we ask questions. We are not the only species endowed with inquisitiveness or curiosity – the dog goes sniffing in the bushes, the chimp peers into the lens of the . . .

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