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ERIC Number: EJ1122029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2382-0349
Expanding Students' Perceptions of Scientists through the Dramatic Technique of Role on the Wall
Swanson, Carolyn
Teachers and Curriculum, v16 n1 p89-95 2016
This paper highlights the use of a drama convention--"Role on the Wall"--to teach the Nature of Science (NOS) in a Year 7/8 classroom. Students were positioned as "expert" scientists re-investigating the science behind the sinking of the Wahine in a Mantle of the Expert unit. Students drew a "Role on the Wall" of a scientist. The inner body portion outlined characteristics they thought scientists have and in the outer portion they listed the tasks scientists do. This approach can support the teaching of NOS, as it provides opportunities for students to collaboratively construct understandings about scientists and their activities. Differences were noted between the visual language and the oral language used to describe scientists. Shifts in student understanding about scientists were also examined in relation to student comment from classroom discussion and student interviews.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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