Washington D.C. [USA], Sep 27 (ANI): Teaching science">concepts of science to preschoolers, aged three to five, may be beneficial, as according to a recent study, early days of childhood is the time when kids begin to develop knowledge and science">skills for science.
Only 38 percent of U.S. fourth-graders were proficient in science in 2015, according to a report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
"However, it seems the preschool teachers in our study were more confident of their ability in literacy than in science - likely creating a gap between children's literacy development and science skills," Gerde added.
The team studied 67 Head Start classrooms for children aged three to five.
The authors stated that early childhood period is a time when kids begin developing knowledge and science">skills for science as preschool children have the capacity to engage in and learn from scientific thinking.
The findings indicated that only teachers with high knowledge and science">skills for science - not literacy or math - created quality scientific opportunities for students, such as providing science materials and engaging children in science experiences in the classroom.
The research appears in the journal Early Education and Development. (ANI)