A sense of wonder: The starting point for inquiry in primary science
Activities and strategies to enhance science capability with Ian Milne.
The workshop shows how science learning is also enhanced when the use of literacy and mathematical strategies are made explicit as the teacher and children create records including collaborative narratives of their experiences throughout their inquiry journey. (Milne 2016)
Creative Exploration is an organic, interactive and co-constructivist approach to teaching and learning in science that mirrors aspects of the ways in which scientists work.
It involves children personalising their science activity, leading to the development and sharing of creative explanations of natural phenomena; doing science rather than learning science.
Course participants will be required to actively explore a range of effective teaching and learning strategies designed to enhance the children’s engagement and learning in science. Examples of contextual relevant teaching and learning practices will be shared, modelled and evaluated including how literacy and mathematical teaching and learning is required to be embedded whenever science teaching and learning is taking place.
Ian Milne was previously a senior lecturer in primary science education at the Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland. He is currently working as a primary science education consultant.
His recent research and work in schools has allowed him to develop 'Creative Exploration' an inquiry based approach to teaching and learning in science education that incorporates the notions of awe, wonder and interest and children doing science rather than children learning science.