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Many preschool teachers aren’t confident in science

September 28, 2017
Andy Henion

Preschool instructors may not have the knowledge, skills, or confidence to effectively teach their students science, new research shows.

The problem could be contributing to America’s poor global performance in this crucially important subject.

In their work, researchers found that early childhood educators’ self-reported ability and enjoyment was high for literacy, but much lower for science and math.

Further, while 99 percent of preschool teachers engaged in literacy instruction three to four times a week, that figure fell to 75 percent in math and only 42 percent in science.