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Abstract In the present study we investigated experimentation abilities of children with learning problems in early childhood education, i. An essential part of science education is learning via the scientific method, of which experimentation is the central component.
We studied experimentation abilities in 28 kindergartners with mild learning problems and compared them to 45 grade-matched typically developing kindergartners.
Moreover, it was examined to what extent linguistic and cognitive factors in experimentation could be identified.
The results showed that the kindergartners with learning problems scored lower on experimentation, which was due to the difficulty they experienced when the number of variables increased.
There was an overlap in performance of kindergartners with and without learning problems, which showed that some kindergartners with learning problems performed similar to typically developing kindergartners on the experimentation task. Similar cognitive and linguistic factors in experimentation were found as in their typically developing peers, namely nonverbal reasoning and grammar.
The results suggest that kindergartners with learning problems show a developmental delay in experimentation. Instructional methods for children with learning problems should take these individual differences and developmental delay into account.
An important conclusion is that kindergartners with learning problems can design multivariable experiments. This mindset has given rise to an increase in the number of students in subjects, such as science, technology, engineering, and math STEM; Freeman et al.
This so-called STEM education revolves around scientific reasoning abilities. Scientific reasoning consists of generating hypotheses, designing experiments to test them, and evaluating evidence to draw conclusions Klahr, Independent learning can take place when these abilities are mastered Andersen and Garcia-Mila, In addition, it can help students think critically about presented results or their origin.
Therefore, science education should be accessible from early childhood for everyone, including children with learning problems. It is important that the consequences of learning problems are recognized and that appropriate education is provided.
This means that the difficulties of children with learning problems should be identified, their education should address specific strategies and skills and their transfer to other domains, address linguistic and cognitive limitations, and use implementation features that optimize instructions Fuchs and Fuchs, It is therefore relevant to identify the capabilities of children with learning problems in science education.
Children seem to learn more from instruction that is contextualized Boaler, For experimentation, the instruction can be contextualized by providing hands-on activities Bay et al. In a similar hands-on context, it has been shown that kindergartners without learning problems can correctly design experiments with multiple variables Van der Graaf et al.
The present study investigated the experimentation abilities of kindergartners age four to six years old with learning problems with the aim to assess their difficulties in the specific ability of experimentation in comparison with kindergartners in mainstream educationto assess the individual differences in order to identify linguistic and cognitive limitations, and to provide suggestions to optimize instruction.
Experimentation Experimentation abilities consist of designing and conducting experiments. The experiments should be designed in such a way that one can learn from the outcome of the experiment. Experimentation is one of the core abilities of scientific reasoning Klahr, Inhelder and Piaget were sceptical on whether kindergartners could design multivariable experiments correctly, as they refer to themselves as causing the effect.
In a similar vein, the ability to incorporate a second variable in their predictions and explanations was expected to be too difficult Siegler and Chen,as would be the ability to adjust their own beliefs Wilkening and Huber, However, in a dynamic assessment, when kindergartners receive feedback based on their performance, it has recently been shown that they can learn how to design multivariable experiments correctly Van der Graaf et al.
This indicates that kindergartners can understand the control of variables strategy CVS. The CVS states that to find out what the effect of a single variable is, one has to manipulate that variable, while controlling all other variables Chen and Klahr, Individual Differences Individual variation in scientific reasoning in primary school children can be explained to a large extent by cognitive and linguistic abilities.
First, experimentation abilities in kindergarten have been shown to be related to inhibition, verbal working memory, and grammar Van der Graaf et al. Inhibition can aid in the rejection of intuitively derived misconceptions Kuhn and Franklin,which helps to focus on the task at hand, namely to find out the effect of a variable.
This way, inhibition allows children to learn to design experiments using the correct strategy i. Second, verbal working memory and grammar were found to be related to experimentation Van der Graaf et al.
Verbal working memory was suggested to be a prerequisite to monitor the use of the CVS and applying its rules to determine the settings of the variables. In the case of children with learning problems, verbal working memory might be a critical factor in scientific reasoning, given the limited capacity of the working memory of children with learning disabilities Siegel and Ryan, A third feature of science education is that it requires understanding of complex grammatical structures that are needed to ask questions, explain, predict, and reason Dawes, Fourth, vocabulary has been linked to performance on an experimentation task.
The gains on a transfer task, in which CVS also had to be applied, were found to be partly explained by vocabulary Wagensveld et al.
Finally, measures of reasoning verbal and deductive have been found to explain performance in experimentation and scientific reasoning in general. In year-olds Siler et al. In that study scores on this questionnaire were related to performance on a problem-solving task in which planning and deductive reasoning are involved.
Whether linguistic and cognitive limitations apply to kindergartners with learning problems during experimentation the same way as for kindergartners in general or differently is yet unknown.Research in Philosophy for Children. Research on Cognitive Skills; Research on Affective and Social Skills with different materials.
A two-hour discussion period each week, for 9 and 15 weeks. of the experimental group in general cognitive ability (RAVEN and NJTRS) and reading comprehension, but not in specific cognitive abilities or in. Children’s contributions to their own cognitive development grow larger as they grow older (Scarr & McCartney, ).
When children are young, their parents largely determine their experiences: whether they will attend day care, the children with whom they will have play dates, the books to which they have access, and so on. The first 5 years of life are critical for the development of language and cognitive skills.
1 By kindergarten entry, steep social gradients in reading and math ability, with successively poorer outcomes for children in families of lower social class, are already apparent. 2 – 4 Early cognitive ability . Sep 06, · DISCUSSION. The aim of the present study was to investigate experimentation abilities in kindergarten children with learning problems in order to identify their difficulties in experimentation and address their linguistic and cognitive limitation.
Discussion 25 5. Reference List 33 6. Appendices vi List of Tables The literature outlined thus far supports the hypothesis that cognitive abilities, such as perception, memory, and rule abstraction, may contribute to phonological Cognitive Abilities in .
Another way to look at cognitive stages for child development is to use The Information Processing Model.
Developed in the s and s, this model tracks the development of cognitive skills including attention, short term memory, long term memory, logic & reasoning, and auditory processing.