ERIC Number: ED429816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Ways of Knowing Beyond Facts and Laws of Science: An Ethnographic Investigation of Student Engagement in Scientific Practices.
Crawford, Teresa; Kelly, Gregory J.; Brown, Candice
This study brings an anthropological perspective informed by sociolinguistic discourse analysis to examine how teachers, students, and scientists constructed ways of investigating and knowing science. The teaching and learning processes for a group of third grade students and how, in the following academic year, these same students drew upon their prior experience to investigate animal behavior in a marine sciences observation tank is described. An ethnographic logic-of-inquiry was used to examine the ways in which cultural practices of science were interactionally constructed by the class members. Research findings include identification of specific instructional strategies used to model scientific inquiry; ways in which the student drew upon, appropriated, and reconstructed scientific practices; and opportunities afforded students when investigating inquiries into unknown science. The implications of this study for the teaching of science in elementary classrooms are discussed. (Contains 60 references and 6 figures.) (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (72nd, Boston, MA, March 28-31, 1999).