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ERIC Number: EJ1196645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1087-3430
Manual-Technical Operations: Hands-On Science as Necessary but Not Sufficient
Weinburgh, Molly H.; Stewart, Morgan; Silva, Cecilia
Electronic Journal of Science Education, v22 n4 p35-49 2017
The importance of culture and social interactions in disciplinary learning and language development within specific social practices and contexts is now an agreed-upon notion in the science education literature. In a pivotal article in 1990, Lemke introduced the idea of manual-technical operations as one of four modes making up the "hybrid language of science". Our aim in this paper is to further unpack the concept of manual-technical operations as a mode, thereby contributing to the more complex understanding of when and how this mode enhances meaning-making and communication of ideas. Drawing from researchers in diverse disciplines, we present a visual of the complex and integrated manual-technical operations mode. It is our hope that the theoretical model proposed in this manuscript will allow researchers to develop analytic frameworks to capture and assess change in the manual-technical operations mode of the hybrid language of science.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 11; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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