Children s Informal Ideas in Science Author : P. J. Black Publisher : Routledge Total Pages : 260 Release : 2002-03-11 ISBN 10 : 9781134987450 ISBN 13 : 1134987455 Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL GET BOOK Children s Informal Ideas in Science Book Description: The ideas that children have about science concepts have for the past decade been the subject of a wealth of international research. But while the area has been strong in terms of data, it has suffered from a lack of theory. Children's Informal Ideas in Science addresses the question of whether children's ideas about science can be explained in a single theoretical framework. Twelve different approaches combine to tackle this central issue, each taking a deliberately critical standpoint. The contributors address such themes as values in research, the social construction of knowledge and the work of Piaget in a rich contribution to the debate without claiming finally to resolve it. The authors conclude with a discussion of how a theory can be built up, along with suggestions for ways ahead in the research.