ERIC Number: EJ759972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Reference Count: N/A
Do Teachers Ask Students to Read News in Secondary Science?: Evidence from the Canadian Context
Kachan, Melissa R.; Guilbert, Sandra M.; Bisanz, Gay L.
Science Education, v90 n3 p496-521 May 2006
Skill in reading diverse genres of scientific texts, including media reports, is an important aspect of scientific literacy that some experts argue should be included in the science curriculum. To understand current and potential uses of media reports in classrooms, we conducted research in three areas. First, we examined major science education policy documents and found few statements making direct reference to use of media reports. Second, we analyzed provincial assessment materials and found exam items using media reports. Third, we interviewed secondary teachers to determine their practice and views on using media reports and other science genres in instruction. Teachers used media reports and strongly endorsed policy-type statements advocating the use of diverse science genres including these reports. Clearly, policy lags behind practice in some classrooms.
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Scientific Literacy, Science Education, Foreign Countries, Literary Genres, Mass Media, Educational Policy, Test Items, Science Tests, Interviews, Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada