The importance of early experiences : teaching science concepts to young children : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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dc.contributor.advisor Young, Jennifer R. en_US Zeiler, Claire M. en_US 2011-06-06T19:33:12Z 2011-06-06T19:33:12Z 2008 en_US 2008
dc.identifier.other A-332 en_US
dc.description.abstract Young children are frequently overlooked as active learners because they do not have all of the capabilities of children in the elementary years. Babies are naturally exploring and learning about the world around them, alone and with the help of adults. In contrast to hands on learning, videos, DVDs, and battery-operated devices do not give children the same intellectual stimulation as the face-to-face interaction that they need. The value of this one-on-one experience is often lost in the pressure for young children to become high achievers early in life. It is important for adults to get down on the child's level and interact with them in their world. Learning is a bi-directional process between the child and the adult; the child is not a passive vessel, quietly absorbing whatever the TV or adult gives to them. Through research on the topic and observation of children from infants to preschool age, I believe that one-on-one interaction and hands-on activities are the most appropriate way to stimulate a child's learning. Fostering relationships with caring adults can be beneficial for both parties. If adults give young children the opportunity to participate in hands on activities, they will spark a curiosity that will motivate the child to explore throughout life.
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.format.extent 25 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm. + 1 booklet. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Elementary. en_US
dc.title The importance of early experiences : teaching science concepts to young children : an honors thesis (HONRS 499) en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis Thesis (B.?.)
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    Honors theses submitted to the Honors College by Ball State University undergraduate students in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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