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ERIC Number: ED549158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-2147-611X
Creating a Taken-as-Shared Understanding for Scientific Explanation: Classroom Norm Perspective
Saglam, Yilmaz; Karaaslan, Emre Harun; Ayas, Alipasa
Online Submission, International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology v2 n2 p149-163 Apr 2014
The study aimed to investigate whether classroom norm perspective influence the students' capability of elucidating a natural phenomena and beliefs about scientific explanation. In particular, our objective was to explore the process by which the norm for scientific explanation was established and discover how the students' explanation and their beliefs about scientific explanation altered in this process. A case study approach was adopted and a total of 51 students participated in the study. The data has included videotapes of classroom periods for an entire school semester, individual interviews with the students conducted at the beginning and at the end of the semester, and students' written responses collected in the middle and at the end of the semester in the year of 2012. In creating a sociocultural norm for scientific explanation, the teacher, in the class, was seen declaring his own expectation, negotiating the meaning by making comments on and legitimizing students' accounts, and calling the students' attention towards the important parts of an acceptable explanation. The results indicated that towards the end of the semester, the students' explanation and their beliefs about scientific explanation have considerably improved. The following are appended: (1) Interview Protocol; and (2) Table indicating students' attendance for the 13-week course, by weeks.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A