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Relations between children and the material world

Date / Time: 9 March 2015, 5-7pm (Tauranga); 11 March, 2015, 2-3.30pm (Hamilton)

Workshop: Perspectives on the relations between children and the material world: Discussing pictures from a Swedish preschool (children aged 1-5 years) working with the science theme "Rolling"

This workshop will be held on both Hamilton and Tauranga campuses:

Tauranga workshop:
Date / Time: Monday 9 March, 2015; 5–7pm including drinks and nibbles
Venue: Upstairs Maharaia meeting rooms (V124 and V125)
RSVP:
RSVP by Thursday 5 March for catering purposes to whiteej@waikato.ac.nz

Hamilton workshop:
Date / Time: Wednesday 11 March, 2015; 2–3.30pm
Venue: McLaren Room
RSVP: No RSVP necessary 

Sofie Areljung

Department of Science and Mathematics Education, Umeå University, Sweden
Sofie's PhD project is about science in preschool (for children aged 1-5). One part of her thesis revolves around preschool teachers' talk about science in preschool: what aspects appear valid when it comes to gaining knowledge about the material world and reaching explanations of phenomena in science? The second part of her thesis is based on a design-based research project in which she collaborates with a pedagogical development centre and a preschool unit. Their goal was to explore what science in preschool can be, and specifically to create physical environments that facilitate children's and teachers' inquiry-based learning in science. Sofie is part of two interdisciplinary graduate schools based in Umeå University: the graduate school of gender studies and the graduate school for educational sciences. Her own teaching background is in mathematics and science in both primary and secondary school.

For this workshop, Sofie Areljung will bring a number of pictures from the preschool that she is currently collaborating with. The preschool's science theme revolves around rolling motions and involves several different approaches, such as painting with rolling and non-rolling items, dancing, recording rolling sounds and painting the sensation of their own rolling. Sofie hopes that these pictures will initiate discussions on the role of the material world in children's (and teacher's) learning, specifically their learning about scientific phenomena. Sofie has done a similar exercise with her project colleagues back in Umeå, Sweden, and is curious to learn about your perspectives on this.

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