UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER (SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING EDUCATION RESEARCH AND INNOVATION HUB)

QuSmart – Problematising the way children learn to ask scientific questions

Project start date: March 2019

QuSmart aims to develop understanding about the nature of children’s scientific questions. The project will draw on learning around wonder, working scientifically and child-led approaches to enquiry. Through identifying routines for children to learn how to ask and build scientific questions, the project will develop materials and training to support teachers to create learning opportunities within an environment where children successfully ask and build their own scientific questions.

The project is developing a programme that includes:

  • two-day face-to-face interactive CPD in which teachers will build awareness, value and rehearse techniques to model and practice the approaches rather than simply know about them
  • a teacher handbook or similar of core materials with an explanation of the underpinning theory and rationale for the approaches
  • a digital learning platform
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