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Literacy learning as involving both skills and relationships: Implications for the development of science literacy

Hanrahan, Mary U. (2001) Literacy learning as involving both skills and relationships: Implications for the development of science literacy. In Australasian Science Education Research Association, 11-14 July, 2001, Sydney, NSW. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

It is becoming more common to view learning in science as the development of a language practice or literacy. It makes sense then to investigate the application of literacy teaching principles from other areas of literacy to science literacy. A collaborative project involving a traditional science teacher and the author, a researcher with a "language and literacy" teaching background, involved working with a (low SES) Year 8 Science class, using activities which demystified some of the common genres of the science classroom. We found that when these activities took place in an environment where students' concerns and feelings were respected, then language, teacher-student relationships and curriculum practices were all transformed to some extent to produce a learning environment in which students became more actively involved in the curriculum and in their own learning. There are many theoretical and practical implications of these findings, including the notion that a literacy approach to the teaching of science may go some way to solving intransigent pedagogical problems such as superficial learning and alienation from science.

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ID Code: 1895
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: science education, teaching, learning, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, language teaching, literacy, science literacy, genre, science teaching, secondary education, implicit message
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > OTHER LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (209900) > Language Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified (209999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LANGUAGE STUDIES (200300) > Language Studies not elsewhere classified (200399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified (200299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:26

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