The awareness and explication of disciplinarity across four senior-secondary subject areas

Van Bergen, Penny & Bahr, Nan (2009) The awareness and explication of disciplinarity across four senior-secondary subject areas. In American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, 12-18 April 2009, San Diego.

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This paper issues a challenge to the notion of domain-general teaching and learning, positing that different subject areas require distinct approaches to developing student knowledge and understanding. The aim has been to observe and compare awareness and explication of disciplinarity in four senior secondary school subjects: Biology, History, Music and Physics. Specifically, we were interested in: (1) teachers’ concepts of what it means to ‘know the discipline’, to ‘think like a disciplinary expert’ and to ‘teach and learn the discipline’; and (2) how teachers draw these concepts together to build student knowledge in the classroom. The research informs educational practice and policy, in particular curricular initiatives involving interdisciplinary curricula.

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ID Code: 31759
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: disciplinarity, senior secondary school, acquisition of knowledge
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 14 Apr 2010 22:48
Last Modified: 15 May 2012 06:20

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