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Learning science through learning to use its languages

Prain, Vaughan and Hand, Brian 2015, Learning science through learning to use its languages. In Hand, Brian, McDermott, Mark and Prain, Vaughan (ed), Using multimodal representations to support learning in the science classroom, Springer International, Cham, Switzerland, pp.1-10, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-16450-2_1.

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Title Learning science through learning to use its languages
Author(s) Prain, VaughanORCID iD for Prain, Vaughan
Hand, Brian
Title of book Using multimodal representations to support learning in the science classroom
Editor(s) Hand, Brian
McDermott, Mark
Prain, VaughanORCID iD for Prain, Vaughan
Publication date 2015
Chapter number 1
Total chapters 12
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Springer International
Place of Publication Cham, Switzerland
Keyword(s) science education
mulitmodal representations
Summary Over the last thirty years science education researchers have focused intensively on the role of language, and increasingly the languages of science, to understand how to deepen student engagement and learning in this subject. The medium for learning as well as the content has been foregrounded in this agenda. Partly this focus was prompted by Lemke’s (1990) ground-breaking work on the key role of classroom talk in this learning, and the growing recognition that students in learning science had to learn a new literacy that underpinned and characterised scientific realities (Moje, 2007). Partly this focus on richer pedagogy also arose from recognition that more effective teaching and learning practices were needed to address continuing widespread student lack of quality performance and sustained interest in this subject (Osborne & Dillon, 2008; Weinburgh, 1995). This led to an increased focus on researching the role of talk and writing as crucial epistemological tools for science learning (Halliday & Martin, 1993; Prain & Hand, 1996; Rivard & Straw, 2000; Yore, Bisanz & Hand, 2003).
ISBN 3319164503
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-16450-2_1
Field of Research 130106 Secondary Education
130309 Learning Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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