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Learning Science: Revisiting Humanist Dimensions of Intellectual Engagement

Hanrahan, Mary U. (2002) Learning Science: Revisiting Humanist Dimensions of Intellectual Engagement. In Australasian Science Education Research Association, 11-14 July, 2002, Townsville, Qld. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Many students, perhaps even the majority of students during the compulsory years of schooling, are seen as having significant difficulties in understanding the concepts of science. However my most recent research in science pedagogy suggests that the dynamics of science classrooms may alienate students before they have a chance to even begin to engage with the concepts and may continue to impede the development of positive motivational beliefs. This paper reviews a set of research studies in science education by using theory from cognitive and humanistic psychology. It explores problems with conceptual change, cognitive engagement, motivation, and self-directed learning, in relation to the psychosocial learning environment. It concludes that there are ways to engage most students so that they willingly begin to develop their scientific literacy. It recommends explicitly addressing student epistemological beliefs which affect intellectual engagement in science classes by changing the nature of the teacher-student interpersonal relationship.

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ID Code: 1896
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: conceptual change, cognitive engagement, motivation, self, directed learning, learning environment, science education, teaching, learning, motivation, cognitive science, scientific literacy, teacher, student relationship, beliefs
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 > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Educational Psychology (170103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > OTHER PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (179900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:26

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