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Title: Interactional Arrangements for Learning about Science in Early Childhood: A Case Study Across Preschool and Home Contexts
Authors: Mehus, Siri
Stevens, Reed
Grigholm, Linda
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Mehus, S., Stevens, R., & Grigholm, L. (2010). Interactional Arrangements for Learning about Science in Early Childhood: A Case Study Across Preschool and Home Contexts. In Gomez, K., Lyons, L., & Radinsky, J. (Eds.), Learning in the Disciplines: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2010) - Volume 1, Full Papers (pp. 1111-1118). Chicago IL: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: In this case study, we compare activities experienced by one 5-year old child in her home and her preschool in terms of how they afford scientific exploration and inquiry. We focus specifically on two types of interactional configuration: the first is an adult-guided mode of interaction in which a parent closely monitors the child's attention and action and accordingly orchestrates the emergence of opportunities for scientific observation, exploration and knowledge construction; the other is a type of peer play that occurs frequently at preschool, in which children collaboratively explore the physical properties of the world around them. Through close microanalysis we compare these activities as learning arrangements (Stevens, Satwicz & McCarthy, 2008), considering how they allow for or constrain children's entry into scientific activities, as well as the particular opportunities for learning they may afford.
URI: https://doi.dx.org/10.22318/icls2010.1.1111
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