The Cosmos Project: a journey to the stars

Kuksa, I. ORCID: 0000-0001-5398-8516, Scriven, N. and Rumney, P., 2011. The Cosmos Project: a journey to the stars. Youth Theatre, 25 (1), pp. 87-100. ISSN 0892-9092

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There seems to be some agreement that ‘science for all’ does not necessarily mean ‘one size fits all’ (Lynch, 2001). Teaching scientific disciplines in schools has been traditionally concerned with delivering science as a product with a main focus on its conceptual structure. In our research we propose to concentrate on science as a process, putting it in the societal context. We introduce the Cosmos project that aims to explore the use of narrative and performative languages, as well as new media technologies in relation to delivering complex scientific topics to pre-school children aged three to six. We created a theatrical piece and developed a set of new interactive preschool activities that enabled young learners to participate and contribute to their learning through physical engagement enhanced by modern technologies. This paper presents a critical discussion about the recent tendencies in teaching science to young learners; the rationale for the Cosmos project and its main research objectives. It will conclude with evaluation of the pre- and postperformance educational activities.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Youth Theatre
Creators: Kuksa, I., Scriven, N. and Rumney, P.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 2011
Volume: 25
Number: 1
ISSN: 0892-9092
Rights: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in Youth Theatre Journal, copyright Taylor & Francis; Youth Theatre Journal is available online at
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:47
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:38

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