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ERIC Number: EJ776746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
A Literature-Circles Approach to Understanding Science as a Human Endeavor
Straits, William
Science Scope, v31 n2 p32-36 Oct 2007
The reading of science-related, historical nonfiction alone does not necessarily lead students to make personal connections to science or understand science as a human endeavor interdependent with culture, society, and history. Teachers must structure students' reading to ensure that they consider specific aspects of science while reading and discussing books. In this article, the author discusses the use of literature-circles as an approach for teachers to focus their students' attention on components of the nature of science. Literature circles are "small, temporary discussion groups" in which students are provided prompts or "roles". The purpose of literature-circle roles is to guide students to develop understanding of particular concepts as they explore the text and meaningfully participate in small-group discussion. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A