ERIC Number: EJ836824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
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Bridging the Gap between the Language of Science and the Language of School Science through the Use of Adapted Primary Literature
Phillips, Linda M.; Norris, Stephen P.
Research in Science Education, v39 n3 p313-319 May 2009
In this paper we make the case that the language of school science and the language of science are widely divergent. We trace the divergence to a simple view of reading that prevails not only in science education but in most of schooling. Based upon the importance of language in science and the role of language in capturing the essential nature of scientific reasoning, we conclude that conceiving of reading as a form of inquiry could assist in bringing the two languages more into alignment. We recommend the use of adapted primary literature as one curriculum and instruction innovation that can be useful in illustrating the nature of reading as inquiry.
Descriptors: Language Role, Science Education, Content Area Reading, Inquiry, Language Styles, Primary Sources, Science Curriculum, Instructional Innovation
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