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ERIC Number: ED037702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Pages: 15
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The Medium of Instruction (Mother-Tongue/Second Language) and the Formation of Scientific Concepts.
Strevens, Peter
The author poses this question: When the learning of science is carried on in a foreign language, is the extent and nature of concept-formation different from that required of the student who learns science entirely in his mother tongue? Because the term "scientific concept" is ambiguous, the author suggests five distinct definitions--four groups of "generalizing concepts" and one group of "scientific concepts." While the generalizing concepts form part of the general education of most young people who reach the secondary level, the scientific concepts are specific and peculiar to various branches of science. It is important that the complexity of concepts presented at each stage not go beyond the capacity of the individual student. The same is true for language study; the problem is that many languages do not contain equivalents of the verbalizations of scientific concepts, so when scientific concepts are being learned, there could exist a certain "conceptual distance" between the two languages. The author suggests that language teaching emphasize detailed observation rather than subjective response. (FB)
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Note: Paper delivered at the Rehovot International Conference on Science and Education in Developing States, Israel, August 1969