Teaching and learning science during the early years





Early science education, Preschool science education, Teaching and learning of science


Over the past two decades, science has increasingly become an integral part of early childhood curricula, and research on teaching and learning science in early years has emerged as an established field of study. Collectively, the findings of a growing body of literature suggest that introducing science in developmentally appropriate ways may support young children’s learning of science concepts and scientific thinking skills. The increasing number of edited volumes and special issues, including this one, devoted to the topic of early childhood science teaching and learning indicates that early science education, as a field of study, will continue to attract researchers from early childhood and science education as well as educational and cognitive psychology.


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Trundle, K. C., & Saçkes, M. (Eds.). (2015). Research in Early Childhood Science Education. Springer. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9505-0




How to Cite

Cabe Trundle, K. ., & Saçkes , M. (2021). Teaching and learning science during the early years. Journal of Childhood, Education & Society, 2(3), 217–219. https://doi.org/10.37291/2717638X.202123159