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Play and narratives - developing scientifically literate children - a contribution to sustainability of our planet?

Tunnicliffe, SD; (2019) Play and narratives - developing scientifically literate children - a contribution to sustainability of our planet? [Lecture]. In: Proceedings of a Workshop held at the Rajiv Ghandi Science Centre in Mauritius for the Minister of Education in Early Years and Core School Science. Rajiv Ghandi Science Centre: Port Louis, Mauritius. (In press).

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Abstract

In the challenges facing an increasingly unsustainable world unless the inhabitants can nullify, at least to some extent, the effects of industrial development to become again a sustainable plane This is a challenge recognised particularly by the Commonwealth, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. One of the passable remedies is the development of a scientifically literate community and the emergence of more engineers and other skilled in understanding the issues and how through various differing approaches the application of science and engineering may remedy it, with the support of concerned politicians. This paper discusses two aspects of science teaching, the importance of recognising the science and engineering inherent particular in free choice play and the use of narratives, particularly pictorial fictions books of imaginative narrative with a pictorial fiction books with an accurate science theme except for usually anthropomorphic abilities bestowed on to the characters. The other surmountable issues are often the lack of confidence of the relevant practitioners, early years teachers, who do not have confidence in their identity as teachers of science and engineering.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Play and narratives - developing scientifically literate children - a contribution to sustainability of our planet?
Event: Workshop held at the Rajiv Ghandi Science Centre in Mauritius for the Minister of Education in Early Years and Core School Science
Location: Rajiv Ghandi Science Centre, Mauritius
Dates: 13 May 2019 - 13 May 2019
Publisher version: http://rgsc.govmu.org/English/Pages/default.aspx
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Play, STEM, early yearsm narrative picture books
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073512
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