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Foundations of Science Literacy - Cultivating Young Scientists Program

Credits Available

  • Building Structures with Young Children: 4 credits, graduate or upper division level
  • Discovering Nature with Young Children: 4 credits, graduate or upper division level
  • Exploring Water with Young Children: 4 credits, graduate or upper division level

Dates Valid

November 2013 through November 2018

About the Training Sponsor

Education Development Center, Inc.(EDC) is a global nonprofit organization that designs, delivers and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world's most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development. EDC works with public-sector and private partners around the world to harness the power of people and systems to improve education, health promotion and care, workforce preparation, communications technologies, and civic engagement. Their services include research, training, educational materials and strategy. EDC is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization; their work is supported through grants and contracts from a variety of sources, including U.S. and foreign government agencies, private foundations, nonprofit organizations, universities, and corporations. While the issues they address are diverse, they are united by a conviction that learning is the liberating force in human development. EDC is committed to education that builds knowledge and skill, makes possible a deeper understanding of the world, and engages learners as active, problem-solving participants.

Applying for the Credit

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Course Descriptions

The Foundations of Science Literacy (FSL) - Cultivating Young Scientists programs are part of EDC's Learning and Teaching Division (LTD). The three courses reviewed are part of a research development project, Cultivating Young Scientists, developed under a Department of Education Teacher Quality Grant. All three courses were developed and revised in collaboration with a group of highly skilled teachers in Hartford, Connecticut who participated in the first round of implementation of all three courses and provided feedback about content and delivery. This version of FSL includes substantial integration of strategies designed to support children's ability to communicate in the context of preschool science observation, inquiry, and discourse. The courses are designed to support early childhood teachers' capacity to teach inquiry-based science to young children by building their science understanding and pedagogical content knowledge in physical and life science.