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Representation of physics-related content in kindergarten

Klara Papež (2018) Representation of physics-related content in kindergarten. Diploma thesis.

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    In preschool years, children are capable of learning and creating and able to memorize facts. Parents and preschool workers can observe a child’s potential, keep track of it, nurture it and help develop it or just let it develop on its own. It is important that we recognize such potentials in every child and help them realize it, because this is the basis for future learning, understanding and knowledge. Understanding nature is the foundation of life-long learning and the preschool period is a very important time in a child’s development. We must let children the initiative in discovering nature and help them and encourage them in these endeavours. The purpose of this thesis is to determine how preschool workers include lessons on natural sciences (especially physics) in everyday curriculum. We wanted to find out what topics they cover and how they cover them as well as reasons why they may not include them. In the theoretical part we present topics of natural sciences which are included in the preschool curriculum and the importance of covering such topics in the preschool period. In the empirical part we demonstrate the analysis of the questionnaire that was given out to preschool workers about their knowledge of physical topics and their inclusion in everyday curriculum. The results showed that preschool workers rarely include physical topics or not at all. If they decide to include them, they do it because they find them interesting and they know them well. The main reason for not including physical topics is a bad knowledge of such topics.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: initial natural sciences, physical topics, preschool period, preschool workers, preschool curriculum
    Number of Pages: 36
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    viš. pred. dr. Ana Gostinčar BlagotinšekMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/12130633
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5326
    Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2018 10:13
    Last Modified: 12 Sep 2018 10:13
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5326

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