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Journal of Emergent Science

Editors: Jane Johnston and Sue Dale Tunnicliffe

The Journal of Emergent Science (JES) is a professional open-access online research journal that focuses on science (including health, technology and engineering) for young children from birth to 8 years of age. The key features of the journal are that it:

  • is child-centred;
  • focuses on scientific development of children from birth to 8 years of age, considering the transitions from one stage to the next;
  • contains easily accessible yet rigorous support for the development of professional skills;
  • focuses on effective early years science practice and leadership;
  • considers the implications of research into emergent science practice and provision;
  • contains exemplars of good learning and development firmly based in good practice;
  • supports analysis and evaluation of professional practice.

The Journal is published twice a year by the Emergent Science Network and the Association for Science Education (ASE), with the support of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). Subscribers receive an email when each new issue becomes available online. Past issues of the journal are also available in the archive.

Published: March/September

ISSN: 2046-4754

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Summer 2015 (Open Access Journal) - This edition of JES contains four full articles of research carried out in France, Canada and England. Three of these articles use drawings as a research tool, and two look at how fact and fiction can be mutually supportive in developing early years understandings. Overall, the four articles help us to understand the complex nature of learning and teaching in the early years.


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