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A Stanford education professor on the language of science—and how to get kids excited about learning it

October 2, 2017
Lance and Miles Clunie took part in hands-on experiments during Community Science Night at the GSE in January 2017.
Lance and Miles Clunie took part in hands-on experiments during Community Science Night at the GSE in January 2017. (Photo: Marc Franklin)
In this episode of School’s In, GSE's Bryan Brown offers ways to make the subject less intimidating.

Science is the easiest subject to teach, according to Bryan Brown, associate professor of education at Stanford.

Why? For one thing, he offered, science deals with actual questions that kids have about the world around them.

“Science is the story of real things happening,” Brown said on this episode of School’s In. “If I want to know, ‘Why did I get a cold,’ science offers an answer. If I want to know, ‘Why is this bird blue?’ or ‘Why doesn’t my sister look like me even though she’s my sister,’ science enables us to answer.”

Brown joined Graduate School of Education Dean Dan Schwartz and Senior Lecturer Denise Pope in the studio to talk about why the language of science can get in the way of teaching concepts, and what parents and teachers can do to help make the subject more accessible.

“We don’t tap into [students’] understanding of the world already,” said Brown. “There’s so much wisdom in what they already know.”

Listen from the link below, and find more episodes of School's In at the Stanford Radio main page. The show airs Saturdays on SiriusXM Insight Channel 121.