Social situation of development: Parents perspectives on infants-toddlers' concept formation in science

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Abstract

The social situation of development (SSD) specific to each age determines regularly the whole picture of the child’s life. Therefore, we need to learn about the whole context surrounding children relevant to their development. The focus of the study is to understand parent’s views on infant-toddler’s science concept formation in the family context. Reviewed literature informs us that infants-toddlers experience small science concepts in everyday life. However, this work does not explain how these experiences contribute to the infants-toddlers’ SSD. In this paper, parental interviews (four hours of video-audio data) have been analysed to understand this gap. The findings inform us that possibilities of science concept formation at the infant-toddler age are not any extra effort for parents; rather, the concepts could be developed as part of the SSD in everyday contexts. This research impacts on an under-researched area of infants’ and toddlers’ science concept formation in the family context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1658-1677
Number of pages20
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Volume185
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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