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Campbell, C. (2016). Early childhood science exploration: A vehicle for inclusive practices. NZ Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, Special Issue: Equality and Diversity, 19, 1 - 14. Retrieved from http://www.childforum.com/research/vol-19-2016-nzrece-journal/1356-early-childhood-science-inclusive-practices.html
Early childhood science exploration: a vehicle for inclusive practices
Social justice and equity are important elements of all educational services and particularly in early childhood where there is an emphasis on including all children in the everyday life of early childhood settings. Inclusive education is based on the right of all children to access and participate in general education. A critical pedagogy approach counters discrimination by promoting positive attitudes towards diversity. Science learning is important for all children as it is an approach to thinking and behaving that incorporates aspects of motor, behavioural, sensory, communication and mental functioning. Children from diverse situations can contribute at their own level to the opportunities involved in exploration and investigations. Through a review of international literature and consolidation of several Australian research projects, this paper discusses inclusive pedagogy and planning in early childhood centres with a particular focus on science learning through play and child-instigated explorations.
Key words: Science; inclusive pedagogy; planning; child-initiated.
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