In recent years we have become increasingly aware of the need for people tounderstand the nature of science in order to make decisions posed by new developments in both science and technology. This case study is part of a wider research project concerning the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for teaching main natural science’s concepts and mathematics in early year’s classroom. The study was conducted during 20102011 school year and 270 pupils were participated. The integration of ICT into preschool education has become a high priority for everybody involved in the learning process. The Early Numeracy Test was given to pupils and semistructured interviews with young children were conducted in 18 preschool classes in Crete. Pupils in the control group received only the traditional science instruction about natural sciences (solubility, recycling) and mathematical concepts (comparison, classification and general knowledge of numbers). Pupils in the experimental group received only the science instruction with the use of ICT for the same topics. Both the experimental and the control groups consisted of classes from the same participating schools. The incorporation of ICT in early year’s classes in Greece should be considered as a means of an obligatory modernization of learning and teaching methods. The results of our research showed that teaching and learning through ICT as an innovative teaching method can be successful for understanding the concept of numbers and natural sciences phenomena at preschool level.
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PRESCHOOL SCIENCE EDUCATION WITH THE USE OF ICT: A CASE STUDY