Jun 012012

Authors: Oscar E. Hernández López, Angela Alejandra Durana Espinosa, & Adriana Villanueva Cruz

This paper presents the first part of the research realized in kindergarten which consists on the third degree children realizing investigations according to the Knowledge Building pedagogy with special emphasis in four of the 12 principles: Real Ideas-Authentic Problems; Idea Diversity; Pervasive Knowledge Building and Democratization of Knowledge. If the matter is to place the children in the complete process of knowledge creation from the early age, the first academic level is kindergarten and the goal is too to advance the borders of knowledge as they perceive them. It is possible to observe that the questions, as much as the answers, evolve in a combination of construction of knowledge and learning and although the children still do not know how to write well, they can organize their ideas and represent their thoughts through drawings. Also in this stage they develop their reading and writing skills and the Knowledge Building pedagogy helps them. The children from their first days in school, learn to ask, to look for answers and to organize their process of investigation in a way that results for them as a natural way to create and to construct knowledge, which is easier than to change the methods and processes of the traditional education already dominated when they are in superior degrees like in primary school. The interests of the children with whom this investigation is realized are directed to the study of the dinosaurs and from the beginning the questions considered are: How is it that the dinosaurs appeared? Why are there no longer dinosaurs? We thought it possible to work with the Knowledge Building principles at the early stage when the children are learning to read and write. We have implemented some methodological bases to work with icons and drawings in a board as a shared space instead of the KF. The process of implementing the KB model for kindergarten has not been finished and we are in a period of observation of the first actions and its results.

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