Working Wonders in primary science is a short project, extending the successful work of the Top Marks (2010-11) project, which involves five teachers from 3 schools in Sheffield and Stockport. Posed with the following 2 key questions a model practice has emerged that aims to help us understand more about how to capitalise on what children are wondering in your classroom.
- What will encouraging children to talk about their wonders bring to the science classroom?
- What is our role as teachers in a child's 'wonderings'?
Verbal Behaviour Analysis (VBA)
Verbal Behaviour Analysis is a process through which the things people say are identified and grouped into categories. It provides us with an explicit recognition of what we say, how we say it and enables us to explore the implications of these verbal behaviour choices.
The Centre for Science Education has been working in partnership with Huthwaite International as a way of sharing knowledge between business and education. We have found that Huthwaite's research and approaches to VBA complement primary teachers’ work on speaking and listening and have relevance for children's collaborative work in science.
AZSTT has supported follow on activity from a project funded by the Comino Foundation.
For further details on both these projects please click on the attached documents on the right hand panel.