Science in Early Childhood Bilingual Classrooms – Podcast Episode 20 | Podcast Episode 20
Classnotes Podcast (September 14, 2007) Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat, points out that it takes 15 years to create a scientist or advanced engineer. And since Hispanics are dramatically underrepresented in science-related careers, and the immediate outlook does not show signs of this changing, experts like Dr. Rosalinda Barrera are calling for more focused attention to science in the early years. Young children’s natural curiosity is ripe to be used as a basis for learning, understanding and enhancing science concepts. And science discovery can also further language development among English language learners. In a presentation at the Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Early Childhood Educators Institute, Dr. Barrera, dean of the College of Education at Texas State University in San Marcos, draws a vivid picture of the need for schools to actively integrate science instruction into the earliest grades for second language learners.
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Participation of Latinas/os in Science and Engineering: Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. Rosalinda Barrera’s PowerPoint presentation.
IDRA Science Smart! Elementary Training
Intercultural Development Research Association
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
Provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries.
“Expanding Children’s Access to Science”
By Bradley Scott, Ph.D., IDRA Newsletter
“Scientific Literacy is Child’s Play”
By Hilaria Bauer, MA, IDRA Newsletter
“Making Math and Science Relevant”
By Kate Mahoney and Kirby Gehachu, IDRA Newsletter
Educational Equity Center
An early childhood, hands-on science program that creates partnerships between school, home, and community, involving teachers, administrators, care givers, parents and other family members
“Science in the Preschool Classroom: Capitalizing on Children’s Fascination with the Everyday World to Foster Language and Literacy Development”
by Kathleen Conezio and Lucia French
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