But is it science?

Watts, Mike and Salehjee, Saima and Essex, Jane; Watts, Mike and Silby, Alison, eds. (2018) But is it science? In: Early Years Science Education. Routledge, London and New York, pp. 96-105. ISBN 9781138337022

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Early years science education is not science, but a curricular construction designed to induct young children into a range of ideas and practices related to the natural world. While inquiry-based learning is an important approach to this, it is not of itself unique to science and there are a range of logico-mathematical constructions that come closer to the essence of science. In this paper we discuss just three: empirical question-asking, transgressive play, and good thinking. The challenge, of course is to induct early years practitioners to a different way of shaping early science.