Responsive teaching and the beginnings of energy in a third grade classroom
FARGASON, SHARON; Mary Lanyon Fay Elementary School, USA
GOLDBERG, FRED; San Diego State University, USA
HAMMER, DAVID; University of Patras
Energy, like “the whole of science…is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking” (Einstein, 1936). It is a refinement in two respects, both conceptually, in the particular canonical features of the concept, and epistemologically, in the kind of intellectual pursuit the concept supports. Drawing on data from the third author’s third-grade class, we show evidence of children’s productive conceptual and epistemological resources for understanding energy. We discuss how responsive teaching can help students tap into and refine these resources, as well as the notion of responsive curriculum and our first steps in designing a prototype.