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Learning science through real-world contexts

King, Donna T. & Ritchie, Stephen M. (2012) Learning science through real-world contexts. In Fraser, Barry J., Tobin, Kenneth G., & McRobbie, Campbell J. (Eds.) Second International Handbook of Science Education. Springer, London, pp. 69-79.

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    Curriculum developers and researchers have promoted context based programmes to arrest waning student interest and participation in the enabling sciences at high school and university. Context-based programmes aim for connections between scientific discourse and real-world contexts to elevate curricular relevance without diminishing conceptual understanding. Literature relating to context-based approaches to learning will be reviewed in this chapter. In particular, international trends in curricular development and results from evaluations of major projects (e.g. PLON, Salters Advanced Chemistry, ChemCom) will be highlighted. Research projects that explore context-based interventions focusing on such outcomes as student interest, perceived relevance and conceptual understanding also will feature in the review. The chapter culminates with a discussion of current context-based research that interprets classroom actions from a dialectical socio-cultural framework, and identifies possible new directions for research.

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    ID Code: 49574
    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Keywords: Real-world contexts, Science education, Technology education, Context-based approach, Science programmes
    DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-9041-7_6
    ISBN: 9781402090400
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
    Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Springer
    Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
    Deposited On: 10 Apr 2012 08:03
    Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 19:43

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