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ERIC Number: EJ764377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
Language Genre Transitions in a Secondary School Physics Classroom
Bower, M. W.; Ellerton, N. F.
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v38 n3 p335-351 Apr 2007
The research reported in this paper addressed the nature of transitions between language genres in school physics. In this qualitative study, quasi-ethnographic methods were employed to understand the culture of one secondary school physics classroom in the USA. One teacher and his physics students were the participants. The teacher was interviewed and class sessions were observed over the course of several months. The main outcome of the study was the identification of physical (non-verbal) and metaphorical movements between language genres. A framework has been developed and presented to represent the paths of transitions between language genres. The findings imply that teachers need to understand the transitions they use as a first step towards helping their students interpret the language genres used in the classroom. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States