Zgodnje učenje in poučevanje naravoslovja z raziskovalnim pristopom

  • Darija Petek University of Maribor, Faculty of Education
Keywords: early science learning, inquiry-based science teaching, active learning, problem solving


Inquiry-based Early Science Teaching and Learning. The inquiry-based approach has become well established at all school stages, especially with regard to science and environmental education, which are inherently connected. Inquiry-based didactic approach which is based on problem-solving is perceived as one of the basic personalized learning and teaching strategies. Thus, it is a modern and fresh approach in early childhood science education in Slovenia. It is considered also in the EU guidelines on education as the IBSE model (2007). Didactically, it is based on several theories, among which we can underline the Piaget's theory and constructivism. Its process is connected with the didactic system of problem-based learning which is similarly systematized and basically structured in accordance with the logic of the cognitive process as well as with the scientific approach and way of thinking. The inquiry-based approach helps us pursue two basic goals of education, namely, to maintain children's curiosity and their permanent interest in knowledge and to develop the skills which are needed for independent problem-solving. The latter regards also and particularly those skills that are concerned with the acquisition and the understanding of the processes in natural environment. Inquiry-based learning implements general and operative goals of science (and environmental education), as defined in preschool and elementary school (first triad) curriculums.


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Author Biography

Darija Petek, University of Maribor, Faculty of Education

Maribor, Slovenia. E-mail: darja.petek@uni-mb.si.

How to Cite
Petek D. (2012). Zgodnje učenje in poučevanje naravoslovja z raziskovalnim pristopom. Journal of Elementary Education, 5(4), 101-114. Retrieved from https://journals.um.si/index.php/education/article/view/491
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