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 Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 09 Apr 2012 22:03
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2016 07:00

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