ERIC Number: ED389518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Thinking about Science through Memory Work.
Kaufman, Judith S.; And Others
Memory work has potential usefulness as a method of helping students explore their relationship to science. Students have multiple early experiences with the natural world, but often these experiences are divorced from their school-based learning. It is known, however, that students use their informal experiences of the natural world in their construction of scientific concepts. A potentially significant consequence of the use of memory work as a curriculum strategy for students is their recognition that they weave their own understanding into their knowledge construction. This recognition can be empowering for self-directed, motivated scientific exploration and learning. Five women social and life scientists came together with the intent of exploring memory work as theory and method. Since January of 1994 they met twice a month and each session was audio-recorded and transcribed. They focused on how they constructed their relationship to math and science beginning with science as a content area. Findings of their memory work are organized by content, process, and potential applications. (MLV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 17-21, 1995).