Parent Child Conversations about Science Talk in Book-Reading

Caregivers play a fundamental role in supporting children’s development of science inquiry skills, as they provide explanations that scaffold children’s causal and scientific thinking. Our study looks at what types of explanations help children learn scientific concepts, and how storybooks can be a fun and interactive way to present STEM related information to children.

In this study, parents and children are given the chance to learn, discuss and apply scientific concepts related to the idea of electricity. The goal was to promote causal explanations in parent and child language by embedding this kind of talk in a storybook and giving them the chance to apply what they learn by building a circuit together. We hope that the results from this study will inform parents and educators about how to best promote children's scientific learning.