University of Podlasie (POLAND)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN10 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Pages: 3571-3575
ISBN: 978-84-613-9386-2
ISSN: 2340-1117
Conference name: 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-7 July, 2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Children are excellent explorers, investigators and philosophers. They are occupied with an ability to search for the truth, and while their explorative journeys they face with incredible things. By the way they answer lots of questions through making simple experiments and observations. When we give a rattler to some-month old child, a ball or a box inside which something will be rolling, producing sounds, a child will undertake some steps to discover the truth. Every drawer in a house can become the land full of mysteries. A baby following its natural instinct of investigator, begins examining like a detective, Sherlock Holmes, the hero of the novel and criminal stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Like a detective, a novice investigator can take into his hand a magnifying glass and observing an ant through it, begin investigation aiming at discovering its paths. If walking on a meadow we stop in front of a hole inside the ground and start a story about something what can live in it, a child immediately will start investigations and will dig in this hole with its finger. The child will tend to fulfillment of its curiosity, even with endangering its life- like a real scientist. Everybody loves scientific experiments, with curiosity observes every detail expecting for the final effect. Children impatiently wait for such a kind of activities. Taking into account development of children’s activeness, as well as stimulation of their creativeness and, in this way, development of imagination and cause- result thinking, it is necessary to create the atmosphere for investigative games from the very beginning.
children, explorer, education.