Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Exploring Environmental Science with Children and Teens

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Exploring Environmental Science with Children and Teens

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Exploring Environmental Science with Children and Teens. By Eileen D. Harrington. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2014. 264 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1198-3).

Current classroom education focuses primarily on reading and math. This leaves little room for learning material that inspires scientific inquiry. To address the gaps in learning, many educators advocate for school-aged children to have more exposure to the sciences through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) curricula. In an effort to meet this need, Exploring Environmental Sciences with Children and Teens by Eileen G. Harrington creates an avenue for public and school libraries, along with museums, to cultivate partnerships, programs, and learning experiences outside of the classroom as a means of addressing deficiencies in science.

Harrington gives an excellent rationale for the necessity and benefits of encouraging and promoting scientific inquiry, focusing on museums, school libraries, and public libraries as ideal venues for creating informal, fun, and literacy-rich environmental science programming. She aggregates science literature and activities for audiences of preschoolers through high schoolers.

This book reveals knowledgeable, engaging, and active learning experiences to incite curiosity, comfort, and connections with environmental science. …

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