RESEARCH PAPER
STEM Education in English of Early Childhood in China
Wenxiao Zhao 1  
 
 
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School of Foreign Languages, University of Jinan, Jinan, Shandong, CHINA
Online publish date: 2018-04-10
Publish date: 2018-04-10
 
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2018;14(6):2367–2378
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Changes in curricula, publication policy and information technology, notably in China have led to concentrations in the role of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in early childhood and applauded to proliferations of imported up-to-date reading materials and mobile apps in English. This paper proposes a longitude study of a Chinese toddler learning STEM by reading picture books and playing with tablet and suggests new horizons in parenting and in STEM education during children’s early years. The present study was carried out from 2016, when the participant reached one year old, eligible to learn to speak and to concentrate on the picture books read by parents who had filled a language background questionnaire with information on themselves and the participant. Tablet playing brought about for the two-year-old toddler and collections of STEM books in English was added for the second year. Data collection lasted for two years with an iLab video camera, capturing utterances and motions for five minutes per week transcribed by VoiceScript software. Tests were given quarterly at private home by tapping in mobile app “Bilingual Child Learning” which consists of 20 basic STEM themes before scores were collected. Findings indicate that (1) it is accessible for children of very early years to be engaged in English STEM resources, (2) kids’ limited English dominance does not impede learning STEM, (3) and to think in English in early STEM contributes to children’s English.
 
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