Bilingual Latino Students Learn Science for Fun While Developing Language and Cognition: Biophilia at a La Clase M├ígica Site
In this article, the author suggests that childrenΓÇÖs natural inclination to explore nature, or biophilia, can be explored as a factor that encourages both cognitive engagement and language development. ┬áThe author summarizes the types of scientific inquiries that bilingual elementary students and their university partners engaged in when guided to design their own projects at a predominantly Mexican-American school. ┬áChildren inquiries took place at a La Clase M├ígica site, an after school program in which university undergraduates, faculty, bilingual children, and the community come together with the purpose of learning and exploring technology through interdisciplinary methodologies. ┬áThe findings indicate that children overwhelmingly chose living organisms and life-like processes as the focus of their inquiries. ┬áThe author presents the work of an exemplary dyad to illustrate how children engaged in scientific inquiry while developing language and complex thinking.
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