Program Introduction

“Learning by Doing” is the joint education reform of Kindergarten and Primary School science Education that was taken by a number of international scientists at the beginning of the new century.

In November 2000, under the auspices of the International Council for Science, scientists, educators, government officials, and teachers from more than 20 countries came to Beijing and discussed science and mathematics education of primary school. In 2001, the Chinese Ministry of Education and the China Association for Science jointly launched a similar science education project named “Learning by Doing,” and signed a cooperative agreement with the French Academy of Sciences. In 2001, this project started in a few kindergartens and primary schools in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Shantou. (From Liu Zhanlan “Science Education Project -- Learning by Doing," Pre-school Education Information & Research, 2003, No. 6)

In 2001, Beijing Normal University Kindergarten, as one of the two experimental kindergartens in Beijing, started to participate in the “Learning by Doing” science education project. Over the next four years, more than 10 teachers in our Kindergarten joined in the project. In 2004, the science education activity, “Snail” developed by BNU Kindergarten was discussed in the Sino-French Symposium on “Learning by Doing” in Nanjing and recorded in the book, “Learning by Doing" in China -- Science Education Cases of Kindergartens and Primary Schools, which was published by the Educational Science Publishing House in October 2004. Another science education activity, “Tadpoles and Frogs,” was discussed at the science education forum in France in 2006. With the training and guidance of the project experts, the teachers can explore science with children. That was the most important.

Sincere thanks must be given to Chinese Academy of Engineering member Wei Yu, who initiated the project, to Dr. Liu Zhanlan, who provided direction and guidance for the research, to the research group of the Fifth Kindergarten of Beijing, to the teachers who have contributed hard work and wisdom to the research, to the parents and BNU teachers who have prepared our teachers with scientific knowledge, and to the children who actively participate in scientific activities.

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