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ERIC Number: EJ1021892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Teaching and Learning Science through Song: Exploring the Experiences of Students and Teachers
Governor, Donna; Hall, Jori; Jackson, David
International Journal of Science Education, v35 n18 p3117-3140 2013
This qualitative, multi-case study explored the use of science-content music for teaching and learning in six middle school science classrooms. The researcher sought to understand how teachers made use of content-rich songs for teaching science, how they impacted student engagement and learning, and what the experiences of these teachers and students suggested about using songs for middle school classroom science instruction. Data gathered included three teacher interviews, one classroom observation and a student focus-group discussion from each of six cases. The data from each unit of analysis were examined independently and then synthesized in a multi-case analysis, resulting in a number of merged findings, or assertions, about the experience. The results of this study indicated that teachers used content-rich music to enhance student understanding of concepts in science by developing content-based vocabulary, providing students with alternative examples and explanations of concepts, and as a sense-making experience to help build conceptual understanding. The use of science-content songs engaged students by providing both situational and personal interest, and provided a mnemonic device for remembering key concepts in science. The use of songs has relevance from a constructivist approach as they were used to help students build meaning; from a socio-cultural perspective in terms of student engagement; and from a cognitive viewpoint in that in these cases they helped students make connections in learning. The results of this research have implications for science teachers and the science education community in developing new instructional strategies for the middle school science classroom.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8; Grade 7; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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