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ERIC Number: EJ1008721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1377
Why Are We Doing Writing--This Is Science?
Gittner, Alastair; Needham, Linda; O'Brien, Nick
Education in Science, n251 p24-25 Feb 2013
With the recent changes to expectations at General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), many teachers, in all subjects, are being faced with the need to persuade unwilling students that there is a need to write "properly" in lessons. Living in the information-rich society, faced with a wide range of scientific issues, it will be incumbent on future scientists to communicate their ideas fluently and effectively in a variety of ways. Science is not just about doing experiments--science teachers give their students a false sense of the subject if this is their picture of science. It is about sharing one's ideas, communicating findings, arguing and debate. But literacy also improves scientific understanding. Who is best placed to teach students how to speak, read and write like a scientist? If one wants understanding of the way in which a scientist thinks, then this has to be done by science teachers. (Contains 1 table and 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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