Reasoning through representations

Tytler, Russell, Murcia, Karen, Hsiung, Chao-Ti and Ramseger, Jorg 2017, Reasoning through representations. In Hackling, Mark W., Ramseger, Jorg and Chen, Hsiao-Lan Sharon (ed), Quality teaching in primary science education: cross-cultural perspectives, Springer Nature, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp.149-179, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-44383-6_7.

Title Reasoning through representations
Author(s) Tytler, RussellORCID iD for Tytler, Russell
Murcia, Karen
Hsiung, Chao-Ti
Ramseger, Jorg
Title of book Quality teaching in primary science education: cross-cultural perspectives
Editor(s) Hackling, Mark W.
Ramseger, Jorg
Chen, Hsiao-Lan Sharon
Publication date 2017
Chapter number 7
Total chapters 13
Start page 149
End page 179
Total pages 30
Publisher Springer Nature
Place of Publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Keyword(s) Science Education
Reasoning in Science
Cross cultural studies
Summary Over the last two decades there has been increasing recognition of the central role played by multimodal representational practices as part of the disciplinary literacies through which students reason and learn in science. While there is recognition of the need for teachers to use, interpret and coordinate representational work in science classrooms there has been little research into the specific ways in which such work occurs to support quality learning, or how effective representational practices might be situated within different pedagogical traditions. This Chapter draws on close video ethnographic analysis of astronomy lessons in Australia, Germany and Taiwan, to investigate the representational coordination practices of competent teachers. The sequences were respectively six, five and 15 lessons long, each supported by significant digital and other representational resources. This representational work occurred within very different classroom organisational contexts, with disparate presumptions concerning the roles of teacher and students in constructing knowledge, different emphasis in assessment with Taiwan having a strong tradition of centralised competitive testing, and the greater focus on open group tasks in Australia and Germany. The study aimed to identify whether, within this contextual diversity, there are transcendent principles governing the way representations and models are established and coordinated. The research demonstrated the strategic ways in which the teachers established representational meaning, and used a range of narrative and embodied devices to establish meaning through coordination of sequences of representations.
ISBN 9783319443812
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-44383-6_7
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Grant ID ARC DP110101500
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