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News Release 06-136

Taking Science to School

New report suggests major changes to boost K-8 science achievement

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Science teachers can build on a child's reasoning, curiosity and knowledge of the natural world.

A recent report from the National Research Councils says the commonly held view that young children are simplistic thinkers is outmoded. Instead, studies show that children think in surprisingly sophisticated ways. All children, the report says, have basic reasoning skills, personal knowledge of the natural world and curiosity that teachers can build on to achieve proficiency in science.

Credit: Barry Meyers