ERIC Number: ED337355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
School Science as a Rite of Passage.
In this paper a new conception of school science is set forth, based on the utilization of data collected in introductory college chemistry classrooms in a western university. Two sections of freshmen chemistry and several of the accompanying laboratory periods for the first weeks of the fall semester were observed. The methods of research were interpretive, requiring participant observation in science classrooms to see the moment-to-moment construction of school science by its participants. A sociocultural perspective was used to examine how teachers and students interact in the classroom and how these actions are constrained by the interpretations of larger social precepts. Sections include: (1) "Chemistry 100A: The First Lecture"; (2) "School Science--as a Rite of Passage; Separation; Transition; and Reincorporation" and (3) "Implications for Further Study." The bibliography contains 70 references. (KR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).