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ERIC Number: ED443707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 19
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Students Learning Science through Collaborative Discussions on Current Events in Science.
Bennett, Julie McLean
After participating in a graduate level Science, Technology, and Society course, a third grade teacher utilized constructivist approaches with her students to foster life-long learning. The focus of this paper is how students searched for patterns while participating in collaborative discussions focused on current events in science. The tools in both the graduate level and elementary school classrooms included student-selected newspaper and magazine articles on science topics, follow-up internet searches, and current event summaries. After students presented their learning, collaborative classroom discussions took place with students looking for patterns in their learning while they recorded reflections in their science journals. The teacher used qualitative research methods in an attempt to reveal students' construction of knowledge and to solidify her own role as facilitator in the learning process. Results suggest that students view learning as more valuable when the teacher seeks out students' ideas. The students' experiences and interests drive the lessons with students seeking resources and information to solve real world problems. These practices are instrumental in cultivating learning that extends beyond the classroom walls. (Contains 32 references.) (Author/YDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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