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Journal of Emergent Science

Editor: Sarah Earle

The Primary Science Teaching Trust is in partnership with the ASE to produce the Journal of Emergent Science.

The Journal of Emergent Science (JES) has a research focus on primary aged learners and we see it as a pivotal step in supporting and promoting research amongst practising teachers. By having open access to JES, teachers will be able to access evidence-based research that will inform their teaching practices. We would like to welcome Dr. Sarah Earle as the new editor from September 2020.

Key features of the journal:

  • child-centred;
  • focuses on scientific development of children from birth to 11 years of age whilst considering the transitions from one stage to the next;
  • contains easily accessible yet rigorous support for the development of professional skills;
  • focuses on effective early years science practice and leadership;
  • considers the implications of research into emergent science practice and provision;
  • contains exemplars of good learning and development firmly based in good practice;
  • supports analysis and evaluation of professional practice.

If you would like to contribute to the Journal of Emergent Science, please feel free to contact us - we would love to hear from you.

2020

Journal of Emergent Science - 19

This edition of JES was prepared in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and includes a number of papers produced before the crisis. However, it also features two articles written about the response to the pandemic, one by Amanda McCrory on the impact on EYFS and primary science provision, and a second article, by Susan Marks, about the contributions made by scientific enquiry and school leadership to a whole school culture of good wellbeing. Other topics covered in this issue include a new resource for primary teachers using Defra's Air Quality Archive, an examination of creativity in Irish primary schools, and making environmental studies engaging for the primary sector.

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2019

Journal of Emergent Science - 18 Special PSEC 2019 issue

This special issue of JES is brought to you by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT), to celebrate the success of their second international Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC) held in June 2019. The issue includes articles based on a wide range of conference presentations and workshops, which demonstrated cutting-edge innovation and research-informed practice. This free, open access issue runs alongside the recently published PSEC special issue of Primary Science, which is also free to view for all.

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Journal of Emergent Science - 17

The latest issue of this open access journal features a range of articles covering research in primary education, both from a researcher and a practitioner point of view. Topics include investigations using Santorio's 17th century pulsilogium, taking part in a free-choice museum activity in the early years, stereotypical images of scientists in young children's picture books, cutting-edge research to help primary teaching and the impact of Science Days/Weeks on primary science.

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Journal of Emergent Science - 16

This issue of JES features four more abstracts from the 2017 ESERA Conference, covering such topics as the perception of Spanish teachers during initial teacher training, knowledge and the 'knower', pre-school teaching quality and computational thinking in kindergartens. We also have some articles based on practitioner experience of research and its impact in schools, one on the applications of simple machines and another on outdoor learning. We also introduce a new section covering early years and primary science in an international context, beginning with teacher and technician training in Australia.

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2018

Journal of Emergent Science - 15

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Journal of Emergent Science 14

In issue 14 of this open access journal, Pedreira and Márquez present an interesting paper examining a specific analysis of activities, Can I touch?, designed to promote scientific inquiry for 2-6 year olds. Continuing the theme of informal learning opportunities, Wenzel and Scheersoi critically reflect on the use of a ‘Discovery Cart’ to promote interest in children when exploring a wildlife park in Germany, and Ian Milne presents a reflective narrative about his experiences in his long career as a science educator. Amanda McCrory presents the second part of her paper, Scientific enquiry in primary schools, and Suzanne Gatt presents the outcomes of a small-scale research project undertaken in Malta, investigating whether or not inquiry can be effectively included in homework activities for science

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2017

Journal of Emergent Science - 13

Summer 2017(Open Access Journal) The feature articles in this issue explore the provision for scientific enquiry in primary schools, teachers’ perceptions of inquiry-based education and the implications for gender equality and how natural inquiry leads children to formulate their own ideas and explanations e.g. when asked "What's inside a crab".

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Journal of Emergent Science - 12

Winter 2016/2017 (Open Access Journal) This special edition features the outcomes of the 2016 Primary Science Teaching Trust Primary Science Conference, No Boundaries, No Barriers, held in June last year. A wide range of articles cover topics including creative practice, literacy and inquiry skills; assessment in primary classrooms; science leadership and primary/secondary transition.

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2015-2016

Journal of Emergent Science - 11

Summer 2016 (Open Access Journal) - In this edition of JES, we have included a number of research articles, a proposal for collaborative research and a call for articles for a special edition of JES. One article, entitled 'Helping children to express their ideas and move towards justifying them with evidence: A developmental perspective' deals with two very important skills for young children, those of reasoning and argumentation. This issue also focuses on one aspect of chemistry, polymeric solids, in 'Why does jelly wobble?' and on the knowledge of species in early years children.

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Journal of Emergent Science - 10

Winter 2015-16 (Open Access Journal) - In this issue, one contribution discusses briefly how research, particularly in biology in this case, can help teachers of all kinds to elicit the developing concepts of learners and build further interaction into these. This issue also reprints an invited editorial from the American Biology Teacher, which considers how important it is to build the curriculum upwards from the early observations of children, rather than simplify the scientist’s science.

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2014

Journal of Emergent Science - 8

Winter 2014 (Issue 8) - The Journal of Emergent Science (JES) is a biannual publication produced by the Emergent Science Network that focuses on effective early years science practice. This issue's main article investigates how Children discover the world surrounding them from very early childhood, as they observe, listen and experience what is in their everyday environment. Further articles discuss understanding of species metamorphoses and young children’s views of creativity.

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Journal of Emergent Science - 7

June 2014 (Issue 7) - The Journal of Emergent Science (JES) is a biannual publication produced by the Emergent Science Network that focuses on effective early years science practice. This issue's main article investigates using drama techniques when teaching science in the early years. This issue looks at relevant research papers presented at the ICASE World Science Conference 2013 and ESERA Conference 2013.

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2013

Journal of Emergent Science - 6

December 2013 Issue 6 of the Journal of Emergent Science (JES) looks at pedagogical approaches to the development of predictions and hypotheses in Early Years education, the recognition and naming of plants and animals by 4 year olds, role of 3 dimensional mind maps and how to develop scientific curiosity in 3–7 year olds.

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Journal of Emergent Science - 5

Issue 5 of the Journal of Emergent Science (JES)looks at Pre­schoolers’ construction of operational definitions in magnetism, making sense of the natural world with seeds and plant germination, the new primary curriculum and building scientific meanings through the Solar System.

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2012

Journal of Emergent Science - 4

Winter edition of JES, no. 4. The Journal of Emergent Science is a professional research e-journal published by the Emergent Science Network in collaboration with ASE. The journal focuses on science (including health, technology and engineering) for young children from birth to 8 years of age. Subscribers and ASE members must log into the ASE website to access the full journal.

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Journal of Emergent Science - 3

The Journal of Emergent Science is a professional research e-journal published by the Emergent Science Network in collaboration with ASE. The journal focuses on science (including health, technology and engineering) for young children from birth to 8 years of age. Subscribers and ASE members must log into the ASE website to access the full journal.

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2011

Journal of Emergent Science - 2

The Journal of Emergent Science is a professional research e-journal published by the Emergent Science Network in collaboration with ASE. The journal focuses on science (including health, technology and engineering) for young children from birth to 8 years of age. The journal will be free in 2011 and subscriptions for non-members will start in 2012.

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Journal of Emergent Science - 1

The Journal of Emergent Science is a professional research e-journal published by the Emergent Science Network in collaboration with ASE. The journal focuses on science (including health, technology and engineering) for young children from birth to 8 years of age. The journal will be free in 2011 and subscriptions for non-members will start in 2012.

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