An explicit representational focus for teaching and learning about animals in the environment

Tytler, Russell, Haslam, Filocha, Prain, Vaughan and Hubber, Peter 2009, An explicit representational focus for teaching and learning about animals in the environment, Teaching Science, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 21-27.

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Title An explicit representational focus for teaching and learning about animals in the environment
Author(s) Tytler, Russell
Haslam, Filocha
Prain, Vaughan
Hubber, Peter
Journal name Teaching Science
Volume number 55
Issue number 4
Start page 21
End page 27
Total pages 6
Publisher Australian Science Teachers Association
Place of publication Canberra, ACT
Publication date 2009-12
ISSN 1449-6313
1839-2946
Summary There has been growing interest in linking the learning of Science with the literacies of Science and representations. Recent attention has been focused on learning theories that emphasise the socio-cultural and situated aspects of learning, and in particular the notion of learning as participation in a discourse community. This paper will describe a learning sequence planned wilh Year 5/6 teachers to study invertebrates in the schoolground environment, but with an additional focus in which students generated and negotiated representations, and discussed the adequacy of these. The paper will present data from video capture of classroom activities, students' work samples, and pre- and post-unit testing, to explore what a representational focus might entail in teaching science, and the role of representations in learning, reasoning and exploring in science.
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021665

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