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ERIC Number: EJ1118794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
The Language of Science
Kucan, Linda; Boliha, Juanita
Science Teacher, v83 n3 p54-59 Mar 2016
Education in science and engineering should develop students' ability to read and write domain-specific texts (NRC 2012). Unfortunately, "science teachers are not generally well prepared to help their students penetrate the linguistic puzzles that science texts present" (Snow 2010, p. 452). Thus, Juanita Boliha (a biology teacher) and Linda Kucan (a researcher with expertise in literacy) worked together for an academic year to identify language challenges in the curriculum for ninth-grade biology. This article describes the instructional approaches they designed to address those challenges.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A