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ERIC Number: EJ1024053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Why Am I Learning Evolution? Pointers towards Enacted Scientific Literacy
Olander, Clas
Journal of Biological Education, v47 n3 p175-181 2013
This paper explores affordances in teaching evolution, especially those in which evolution is made relevant to and argued for in a grade 9 biology classroom, thus giving potential answers to the pupils' legitimate question,"'why am I learning evolution?" The aim of the paper is methodological in the sense that it explores whether the notions "subject focus," "curriculum emphasis" and "intertextuality" have potential as analytical tools and pointers towards enacted scientific literacy in classroom practice. The notion of subject focus (either induction into science or learning from science) and the seven curriculum emphases (correct explanation, structure of science, scientific skill development, solid foundation, everyday coping, decision making and self as explainer) are predefined and used abductively on the data set. Intertextuality is analysed more inductively: references that pupils and teacher make are sought and these intertextual links are then sorted into clusters. The findings indicate that the structuring tools have potential as descriptors in the analysis. One subject focus (induction into science) and a few curriculum emphases (especially correct explanations) are privileged, while others, "eg" everyday coping, are not. When the discourses of self as explainer and correct explanations compete, it is the latter that is privileged.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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