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Ants as an Experiential Learning Strategy in Preschool Teacher Training

Ants as an Experiential Learning Strategy in Preschool Teacher Training
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Author(s): Rosa María Gálvez Esteban (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain), Beatriz Bravo Torija (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain) and Jose Manuel Pérez Martín (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 21
Source title: Interdisciplinary Approaches Toward Enhancing Teacher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): M. Dolores Ramírez-Verdugo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain) and Bahar Otcu-Grillman (Mercy College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4697-0.ch008

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Abstract

In this chapter, the authors present the results of a project designed for 41 preservice preschool teachers to introduce the concept of living things as an experiential learning strategy in the classroom. The need to approach this concept from a different perspective prompted the design of an education project involving the introduction of insects into classroom as a teaching resource. An informative storyline was used for project launch presentation. The questions they strive to answer in this chapter are related with what concepts of living organisms and what inquiry stages will preservice teachers consider their pupils will carry out during the project. Relevant concepts that are usually not much covered in the preschool curriculum such as the life cycles of animals were considered by 23 participants. Twenty-five of the future teachers claimed that they would be able to work on every inquiry step if they implemented this project in the classroom.

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