Designing an innovative approach to engage students in learning science : the evolving case of hybridized writing

Ritchie, Stephen M. & Tomas, Louisa (2013) Designing an innovative approach to engage students in learning science : the evolving case of hybridized writing. In Shavinina, Larisa V. (Ed.) The Routledge International Handbook of Innovation Education. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), New York, pp. 385-395.

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Abstract

Innovations are usually attributed to ideas generated in the minds of individuals. As we reflect upon the evolving design of an online project to engage students in learning science through hybridized writing activities we propose a more distributed view of the process of innovative design. That is, our experience suggests ideas are generated in the activity of interacting with human and material resources that expand and constrain possibilities. This project is innovative in that it is a new educational response to the problem of disengagement of students in science, and has proven to be effective in changing classroom practice and improving students’ scientific literacy. In this chapter, we identify the antecedents and trace the evolution of the project. This account illuminates the innovative design process, presents a summary of the evidence for the effectiveness of the project, and identifies future directions for further development and research. Keywords: Science learning, hybridized writing, case study, innovative approach

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ID Code: 61691
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: science learning, hybridized writing, case study, innovative approach, HERN
ISBN: 9780415682213
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Deposited On: 05 Aug 2013 22:58
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 04:27

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