Creating Collective Scientific Consciousness: A Cultural-Historical Study of Early Learning about Earth and Space in the Context of Family Imaginary Play
AUTHOR : Yijun Hao,Marilyn Fleer
INFORMATION : page. 93~124 / 2016 Vol.10 No.2
Based on a cultural-historical perspective, where play is conceptualized as the creation of an
imaginary situation, this study seeks to examine how scientific learning is fostered through
collectively created imaginary situations during everyday family practices. This study forms part of a
broader study, and in this paper the focus is on a three-year-old child and his family from Mainland
China. A theoretical discussion of data collected reveals that a collectively created imaginary
situation provides the conditions for a child’s exploration of scientific phenomenon not directly
observable (e.g. Earth rotation and revolution). A form of collectively supported scientific
consciousness was realized through discussions, imagining and re-imagining of everyday objects as
scientific phenomenon. Scientific laws, as the rules of the scientific play being enacted by the family,
enabled the child to be both imagining and viscerally experiencing which cannot be seen. The
findings contribute to understanding how families create playful conditions that support scientific
learning in the early childhood period.
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Call for Papers: Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE)
Special Issue Deadline: January 15, 2016
Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE) is an official publication of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) that is dedicated to disseminating and supporting research in early childhood education within the Pacific area.
APJRECE is released three times a year in January, May, and September. In 2016, the second issue of Volume 10 will be a special issue. The topic for the special issue is “Power of Play in Young Children’s Growth and Learning”. The Guest Editor for the special issue is Dr. Wonyoung Rhee, Professor Emerita at Chung-Ang University, Korea.
We are seeking reports of current research on this topic, papers that address issues in the application of play research, and papers that review a specific research area of young children’s play and are especially informative about studies needed to fill knowledge gaps. The manuscripts for the special issue should be submitted online by January 15, 2016, following the guidelines described on the journal website. Please visit the homepage of Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (www.apjrece.com,www.pecerajournal.com), and you will find not only full details on aims and scope, editorial policy, and paper submission but the orange colored button, named Manuscript Management System of APJRECE, for paper submission.
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