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How does matter matter in preschool science?
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education. (UmSER)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7273-544
2019 (English)In: Material Practice and Materiality: Too Long Ignored in Science Education / [ed] Milne, Catherine, Scantlebury, Kathryn, Springer, 2019Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter explores the implications, for science education, of acknowl-edging matter as an agentic factor in preschool (Swedish educational set-ting for children aged 1 to 5 years). Reading empirical data from preschool settings together with Karen Barad’s agential realism, five examples are brought forward to address different aspects of how matter matters to sci-ence learning and teaching. These examples include how the ground and time of year matter to the scope of science learning possibilities, how fric-tion and balance emerges in intra-action of a wooden bridge and children, and how modes of expression other than verbal language can be used to extend children’s experiences of rolling. The implications for science teaching are discussed based on the assumption that teacher power mat-ters to what parts of the material world that children have real access to, and what type of intra-actions that are meaningful in preschool settings.

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Springer, 2019.
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Cultural Studies in Science Education, ISSN 1879-7229 ; 18
Keywords [en]
science teaching, material, physical environment, time, early childhood education
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Educational Sciences
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educational work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-155566DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-01974-7ISBN: 978-3-030-01973-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-155566DiVA, id: diva2:1281530
Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-01-22

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