Why Kids Are The Best Scientists

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The next time your children get filthy playing in the riverbed or taking apart the remote control, stop before you scold. Scientists say that this kind of play is actually like hands-on science experimentation for your kids; they're learning to decipher the world around them through exploration. New research shows that even as kids get older, they use the trial and error of the scientific method on a daily basis to help put their world in order.

Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, explains how these findings should change how we educate our children.


Alison Gopnik

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [1]

Blyth Lord from Boston

At WGBH, where we produce the award-winning preschool science public television series PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD, we could not agree more. We love this piece and what Dr. Gopnik has to say. Hands-on play is the best way for kids to develop the science skills they will need to succeed in school .... and parents can help. It's fun and easy. We have lots of ideas for activities that parents can do with their kids. www.peepandthebigwideworld.org

May. 03 2012 01:49 PM

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