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How Do Children Know What They Know?

by: Brenda Bradshaw and Roberta J. Aram

New teachers often enter the classroom with a general knowledge of what they can expect in a particular age group of children, but they quickly discover, usually by trial and error, precisely what their students actually know and can do. In the following activity (taken from a site-based science methods course for elementary teacher candidates), teacher candidates interviewed various elementary students about a basic science concept to uncover the “everyday” understandings or prior knowledge children bring to the classroom.

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 10/1/2001Stock # sc01_039_02_28Volume 039Issue 02

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