Constructing Representations to Learn in Science by Russell Tytler, Vaughan Prain, Peter Hubber PDF

By Russell Tytler, Vaughan Prain, Peter Hubber

Present study into pupil studying in technological know-how has shifted cognizance from the conventional cognitivist views of conceptual swap to socio-cultural and semiotic views that represent studying when it comes to induction into disciplinary literacy practices. This booklet builds on contemporary curiosity within the function of representations in studying to argue for a pedagogical perform in response to scholars actively producing and exploring representations. The booklet describes a sustained inquiry within which the authors labored with basic and secondary academics of technological know-how, on key subject matters identifi ed as complex within the learn literature. facts from lecture room video, instructor interviews and scholar artifacts have been used to strengthen and validate a collection of pedagogical ideas and discover pupil studying and instructor swap matters. The authors argue the theoretical and functional case for a representational concentration. The pedagogical procedure is illustrated and explored by way of the position of illustration to aid caliber pupil studying in technological know-how. Separate chapters deal with the consequences of this angle and perform for structuring sequences round various strategies, reasoning and inquiry in technology, types and version dependent reasoning, the character of innovations and studying, instructor swap, and evaluation. The authors argue that this representational concentration ends up in considerably better pupil studying, and has the impression of providing new and efficient views and techniques for a couple of modern strands of considering in technology schooling together with conceptual swap, inquiry, scientifi c literacy, and a spotlight at the epistemic nature of technological know-how.

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Representations of materials as combinations of solid, liquid and gas. Here, as with the forces unit, one can see the response of students to a representational need and the richness of discussion in the public space of the classroom. The agency granted to students is also apparent. ” In a sequence of representational challenges intended to move students to an alignment of particle ideas with macroscopic properties of materials, students drew imagined particle arrangements to explain the property.

And particularly … how good is the representation? Sally emphasised how students had adopted a critical perspective on models to the extent that in the following year it was noticeable that they took a critical stance to their text book representations. The relation of models and representations to knowledge was probed in interview. The following exchange was between a researcher and a year 8 student: R: You have two separate words, one is Understanding and the other one is Representations. 12] how do they connect?

Radio microphones were used for teachers and the student group. com/). These teaching and learning sequences were then selectively transcribed and subjected to interpretive analysis to identify the extent to which and in what ways the teaching and learning principles were exemplified, and for evidence of the ways in which the focus on representations supported reasoning and learning. Students were interviewed about their learning and their understandings of the nature of representations in constructing explanations, and teachers about their perceptions of the effectiveness of aspects of the sequence.

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