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Developing Scientific Literacy: Introducing Primary-Aged Children to Atomic-Molecular Theory

Developing Scientific Literacy: Introducing Primary-Aged Children to Atomic-Molecular Theory
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Author(s): Jennifer Donovan (University of Southern Queensland, Australia) and Carole Haeusler (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 24
Source title: STEM Education: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7363-2.ch076

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Abstract

This chapter challenges existing school science curricula modes for teaching atomic-molecular structure and describes a current research project designed to provide supporting evidence for reviewing school science curricula. Using evidence from this project and other research studies, the chapter argues for the introduction of atomic-molecular structure in the curriculum at Year 3 or 4 and proposes that consideration be given to devising a spiral curriculum in which the macroscopic and microscopic properties of matter are taught concurrently rather than sequentially.

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