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Young children's imagination in science education and education for sustainability
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
Number of Authors: 22018 (English)In: Cultural Studies of Science Education, ISSN 1871-1502, E-ISSN 1871-1510, Vol. 13, no 3, p. 687-705Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This research is concerned with how children's processes of imagination, situated in cultural and social practices, come into play when they invent, anticipate, and explore a problem that is important to them. To enhance our understanding of young children's learning and meaning-making related to science and sustainability, research that investigates children's use of imagination is valuable. The specific aim of this paper is to empirically scrutinize how children's imaginations emerge, develop, and impact their experiences in science. We approach imagination as a situated, open, and unscripted act that emerges within transactions. This empirical study was conducted in a Swedish pre-school, and the data was collected in between' a science inquiry activity and lunchtime. We gathered specific video-sequences wherein the children, lived through the process of imagination, invented a problem together and produced something new. Our analysis showed that imagination has a great significance when children provide different solutions which may be useful in the future to sustainability-related problems. If the purpose of an educational experience in some way supports children's imaginative flow, then practicing an open, listening approach becomes vital. Thus, by encouraging children to explore their concerns and questions related to sustainability issues more thoroughly without incautious recommendations or suggestions from adults, the process of imagination might flourish.

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2018. Vol. 13, no 3, p. 687-705
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Imagination, Meaning making, Sustainability, Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-161122DOI: 10.1007/s11422-017-9811-7ISI: 000444575000005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-161122DiVA, id: diva2:1259394
Available from: 2018-10-29 Created: 2018-10-29 Last updated: 2018-10-29Bibliographically approved

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