ERIC Number: ED458093
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reflective Science: An Exploration of the Uses of Reflective Dialogue Journal Writing in Secondary Science Classrooms.
This paper reports on critical Action Research into the scientific literacy of secondary school students, as evidenced in student Reflective Dialogue Journals. Focussed on one secondary school classroom located in Brisbane, Australia, the research draws on literature concerned with writing and its use across the curriculum, particularly as this relates to scientific literacy and the nature of science. Specifically the interest of the research is with philosophies of science rather than the transmission of scientific constructs. The paper suggests that individual student reflections and teacher-student dialogue, made possible through such journal writing, provide significant opportunities to support students' development of complex understandings on the nature of science. Informed by a concern for matters of social justice, the paper also contemplates what such an approach to learning science might mean for marginalized students, particularly those differentiated on the basis of their gendered identities. The paper concludes that while initial results appear promising, longitudinal research into the value of reflective writing in science classrooms is now required. (Contains 31 references.) (Author/SAH)
Descriptors: Action Research, Foreign Countries, Journal Writing, Metacognition, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Principles, Secondary Education, Student Development
For full text: http://www.aare.edu.au/00pop/rya00201.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A