Investigating and theorizing discourse during analogy writing in chemistry

Bellocchi, Alberto & Ritchie, Stephen M. (2011) Investigating and theorizing discourse during analogy writing in chemistry. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 48(7), pp. 771-792.

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Explanations of the role of analogies in learning science at a cognitive level are made in terms of creating bridges between new information and students’ prior knowledge. In this empirical study of learning with analogies in an 11th grade chemistry class, we explore an alternative explanation at the "social" level where analogy shapes classroom discourse. Students in the study developed analogies within small groups and with their teacher. These classroom interactions were monitored to identify changes in discourse that took place through these activities. Beginning from socio-cultural perspectives and hybridity, we investigated classroom discourse during analogical activities. From our analyses, we theorized a merged discourse that explains how the analog discourse becomes intertwined with the target discourse generating a transitional state where meanings, signs, symbols, and practices are in flux. Three categories were developed that capture how students intertwined the analog and target discourses—merged words, merged utterances/sentences, and merged practices.

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ID Code: 42414
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: merged discourse, science classroom, analogy, role-play, hybridity
DOI: 10.1002/tea.20428
ISSN: 1098-2736
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Wiley Interscience
Deposited On: 21 Aug 2011 22:23
Last Modified: 17 May 2017 13:52

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