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ERIC Number: EJ1088166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0157-244X
Roles of Teachers in Orchestrating Learning in Elementary Science Classrooms
Zhai, Junqing; Tan, Aik-Ling
Research in Science Education, v45 n6 p907-926 Dec 2015
This study delves into the different roles that elementary science teachers play in the classroom to orchestrate science learning opportunities for students. Examining the classroom practices of three elementary science teachers in Singapore, we found that teachers shuttle between four key roles in enabling student learning in science. Teachers can play the role of (1) dispenser of knowledge (giver), (2) mentor of learning (advisor), (3) monitor of students' activities (police), and (4) partner in inquiry (colearner). These roles are dynamic, and while teachers show a preference for one of the four roles, factors such as the nature of the task, the types of students, as well as the availability of time and resources affect the role that teachers adopt. The roles that teachers play in the classroom have implications for the practice of science as inquiry in the classroom as well as the identities that teachers and students form in the science learning process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore