Are pre-service teachers able to answer children’s questions about the natural sciences?
Keywords:Early Childhood Education, Science Teaching, students' questions, initial teacher training, Scientific Literacy
One of the main objectives of science education is to produce students and, in general, a society that is scientifically literate. To achieve this objective, teachers across the different educational stages must work on science at school, so it is essential that students studying for Education degrees achieve scientific competence. In this study we show that the spontaneous science-related questions children ages 4-6 ask their parents, and also those posed by pupils studying for a degree in Early Childhood Education, largely overlap in their subject matter, and their complexity, and only some are investigable. In addition, students studying for said degree are not able to answer children's questions with their own knowledge, which implies a need to work more on science in Education degree curriculums, and to evaluate knowledge in view of this reality.