The Senses of Scientific Literacies in a Middle Years Multiliteracies Project

Exley, Beryl E. (2008) The Senses of Scientific Literacies in a Middle Years Multiliteracies Project. Australian Journal of Middle Schooling, 8(1), pp. 12-16.

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This article focuses attention on conversations with one teacher, Olivia Augustakis, and her description of a science inspired multi-literacies project (New London Group, 2000; Kalantzis & Cope, 2005). The 'Land Environments Board Games' project, undertaken by Year Five at St Thomas More School, Sunshine Beach, Queensland, was part of a collection of literacy projects awarded a National Literacy and Numeracy Week Celebration Grant in 2006 for effectiveness in engaging students with the complex demands of curriculum literacies. Definitions of curriculum literacies (Wyatt-Smith & Cumming, 2003) draw attention to each field's sets of knowing (content knowledge) and ways of representing knowing (literacies). Norris and Phillips (2003) contend that written forms of representing scientific knowing are too often left implicit, thereby hindering the development of students' derived senses of scientific literacies. A multiliteracies pedagogies (New London Group, 2000; Kalantzis & Cope, 2005) framework is employed to analyse Olivia’s talk and to render opaque her understanding of the interdependence of science as content and its specialised representation. This single case analysis is important also for its showcase of the four interrelated phases of a multiliteracies project: student practice, overt instruction, critical framing and transformed practice (New London Group, 2000; Kalantzis & Cope, 2005).

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ID Code: 14991
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: scientific literacy, middle years science, senses of scientific literacy, fundamental sense, multiliteracies, multiliteracies pedagogy
ISSN: 1445-2928
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Middle Years of Schooling Association
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 12 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:47

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