Elaine Blake

Elaine Blake

PhD
Retired

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Introduction
Elaine Blake currently works at Edith Cowan University. She does research in Higher Education, Science Education, Early Childhood Pedagogy and provides online assistance for post graduate students of Early Childhood Education. Her current project looks at how educators integrate the Australian bush into the curriculum for early childhood.

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Publications (8)
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It is widely recognised that science explorations is vital in children's lives as they make sense of the world. Now in its fourth edition, Science in Early Childhood provides a comprehensive and engaging introduction to science in the early years. Each chapter has been updated to include current research and to address changing priorities in early...
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Recognition of the importance of providing science-related experiences for young children has resulted in increased numbers of outreach programs aimed at a preschool audience. Early meaningful experiences of science have been found to promote children’s interest in science and enhance their self-belief that they can be effective science learners. H...
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The challenge of better preparing pre-service early childhood teachers to deliver appropriate science learning experiences in the classroom poses complex yet relevant issues. An innovative strategy to solve this problem has been a unique cross-discipline and collaborative approach. The purpose of this innovation was to provide pre-service early chi...
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Although much has been written about improving primary school science and scientific skills for children, not a lot has been done to find out what science actually looks like for very young children. A common belief among adults is that science concept learning is something to be addressed in the later years of schooling. Thus, early childhood educ...
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Objectives At the end of this chapter you will: Recognise the potential for science with 3 and 4-year-old children. Recognise the place of everyday science in free and guided play for 3 and 4-year-old children. Describe various pedagogical principles to enhance the science teaching and learning of 3 and 4-year-old children through free and guided p...
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Planting the seeds of science is the product of a 3-year nationally funded project where teacher educators, scientists, engineers and pre-service teachers collaborated to develop early childhood science resources. Five modules of work are presented in the book around the themes of the environment, day and night, forensic science, cleanliness and so...

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