Collaborative Action Research on the Implementation of a Science Thematic Curriculum for Young Children
AUTHOR : Yu-Ting Chen
INFORMATION : page. 45~66 / 2016 Vol.10 No.1
Using collaborative action research, this study aimed to explore the practice of implementing a science
integrated curriculum in a kindergarten classroom in Taiwan. The author served as a curriculum
consultant, and two kindergarten teachers served as co-teachers. The participants were 30 young children.
Data sources included classroom observations, interviews, and other documentation. The findings were
as follows. (1) The science thematic curriculum was developed from the young children’s interest in bats.
The kindergarten teachers applied the science thematic approach to integrate science and other content
areas in the thematic curriculum focused on the science theme “Bats.” (2) The young children learned
about the science concepts of bats’ characteristics, habits, and habitats, as well as the cultural meaning of
bats in the local culture. (3) The kindergarten teachers had to solve problems in science teaching, such as
problems related to the children’s observation of bats and teachers’ content knowledge in science
teaching. This study provides us a lens to examine how early childhood teachers implemented a science
thematic curriculum in a kindergarten classroom. Recommendations for science teaching in early
childhood education are also discussed in the paper.
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