Developing Scientific Literacy: Introducing Primary-Aged Children to Atomic-Molecular Theory

Jennifer Donovan (University of Southern Queensland, Australia) and Carole Haeusler (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 63
EISBN13: 9781466674387|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6375-6.ch002
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This chapter challenges existing school science curricula modes for teaching atomic-molecular structure and describes a current research project designed to provide supporting evidence for reviewing school science curricula. Using evidence from this project and other research studies, the chapter argues for the introduction of atomic-molecular structure in the curriculum at Year 3 or 4 and proposes that consideration be given to devising a spiral curriculum in which the macroscopic and microscopic properties of matter are taught concurrently rather than sequentially.
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