ERIC Number: EJ760159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Contextually Authentic Science in a "Low-Performing" Urban Elementary School
Buxton, Cory A.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v43 n7 p695-721 Sep 2006
This article reports on a 2 1/2-year collaborate project to reform the teaching and learning of science in the context of Mae Jemison Elementary, the lowest performing elementary school in the state of Louisiana. I outline a taxonomy of authentic science inquiry experiences and then use the resulting framework to focus on how project participants interpreted and enacted ideas about collaboration and authenticity. The resulting contextually authentic science inquiry model links the strengths of a canonically authentic model of science inquiry (grounded in the Western scientific canon) with the strengths of a youth-centered model of authenticity (grounded in student-generated inquiry), thus bringing together relevant content standards and topics with critical social relevance. I address the question of how such enactments may or may not promote doing science together and consider the implications of this model for urban science education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana