Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2016 Archive

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Toys for learning and teaching science

23 March 2016

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar.

Toys are widely recognised as being highly engaging to children, but formal research into the use of toys to support learning in primary science and learning how to teach primary science is sparse. This presentation provides an overview of pilot studies conducted by honours students in the school, as well as a summary of toy use in the Master of Teaching program with preservice teachers. Topics include primary-students' responses when their toys incorporate discrepant events, and how musical toys change young children’s explanations about sound. The qualitative research included individual interviews with primary students using think-aloud data collection techniques. Preliminary findings will be discussed along with the potential for further research in this area.

This seminar will not be available online or recorded.

Event details

  • When: 11.30am–1pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren
    T: +61 9351 2612
    E: sadhbh.warren@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to eat during the event.

  • Speaker: Dr Christine Preston has a unique teaching background, having taught science in NSW schools at both the secondary and primary level. She has experience as a teacher-education lecturer in science for early childhood, primary and secondary settings. Her current research interests are primary children’s interpretation of scientific diagrams, teaching science using toys, early-childhood science and teaching science education in higher education.

Toys for learning and teaching science

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

23 March 2016


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