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Creating mathematicians and scientists: Disciplinary literacy in the early childhood classroom

Disciplinary literacy focuses on the specific ways a content area thinks, uses language, and shares information. While much of the literature on disciplinary literacy suggests it is an advanced language strategy to be taught to secondary students, early childhood classrooms may be the ideal environment in which to introduce this type of field-specific thinking and learning. Early childhood education (ECE) classrooms, through their approach to teaching and learning, classroom environment, curriculum organisation, and assessment practices, lend themselves to having young learners engage with content in discipline-specific ways. ECE teachers may find it easy to incorporate strategies that can lay the foundation for a deeper understanding of math and science. (author abstract)
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