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Child-led enquiry in primary science

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  • Lynda Dunlop
  • Kirsty Compton
  • Linda Clarke
  • Valerie McKelvey-Martin


Publication details

JournalEducation 3-13
DateE-pub ahead of print - 1 Aug 2013
DatePublished (current) - 2015
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)1-22
Early online date1/08/13
Original languageEnglish


This research describes and evaluates the application of a child-led approach to scientific enquiry (the Community of Scientific Enquiry, CoSE) to children aged 8–11 (Key Stage 2) in Northern Ireland. Primary teachers were introduced to CoSE at a workshop and asked to evaluate its implementation with their class. Results from children (n = 364) and teachers (n = 19) found that CoSE engaged children with their science learning, and also developed confidence and oracy. However, teachers require more experience developing facilitation skills and in fitting science into a thematic teaching unit.

    Research areas

  • philosophy for children , science education, community of enquiry

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