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ERIC Number: EJ782422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4308
Contextualizing Instruction: Leveraging Students' Prior Knowledge and Experiences to Foster Understanding of Middle School Science
Rivet, Ann E.; Krajcik, Joseph S.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v45 n1 p79-100 Jan 2008
Contextualizing science instruction involves utilizing students' prior knowledge and everyday experiences as a catalyst for understanding challenging science concepts. This study of two middle school science classrooms examined how students utilized the contextualizing aspects of project-based instruction and its relationship to their science learning. Observations of focus students' participation during instruction were described in terms of a contextualizing score for their use of the project features to support their learning. Pre/posttests were administered and students' final artifacts were collected and evaluated. The results of these assessments were compared with students' contextualizing scores, demonstrating a strong positive correlation between them. These findings provide evidence to support claims of contextualizing instruction as a means to facilitate student learning, and point toward future consideration of this instructional method in broader research studies and the design of science learning environments. (Contains 6 tables, 3 figures, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan