Reasoning in science through representation

Tytler, Russell, Prain, Vaughan, Hubber, Peter and Haslam, Filocha 2013, Reasoning in science through representationConstructing representations to learn in science, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, Netherlands, pp.83-108, doi: 10.1007/978-94-6209-203-7_6.

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Title Reasoning in science through representation
Author(s) Tytler, RussellORCID iD for Tytler, Russell
Prain, VaughanORCID iD for Prain, Vaughan
Hubber, PeterORCID iD for Hubber, Peter
Haslam, Filocha
Title of book Constructing representations to learn in science
Publication date 2013
Chapter number 6
Total chapters 12
Start page 83
End page 108
Total pages 26
Publisher Sense Publishers
Place of Publication Rotterdam, Netherlands
Summary In this chapter we argue that our analysis of student reasoning through constructing representations points to a range of informal and formal reasoning processes. This suggests the need for researchers and teachers to shift from an exclusive focus on formal syllogistic reasoning as the main or only reasoning resource for science learning. First we review the literature to identify how informal reasoning is described, and relates to reasoning through representation, then examine one case of reasoning during a representational challenge, to argue that reasoning should be thought of as deliberative thinking that involves choices, leading to a justifiable claim. Two case studies from RILS units are then used to identify how reasoning through representation can occur at a number of points during a representational challenge, and finally to develop an indicative taxonomy of the different purposes of reasoning as part of the processes of science.
ISBN 9462092028
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-94-6209-203-7_6
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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