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ERIC Number: EJ862136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Thinking like a Forensic Scientist: Learning with Academic and Everyday Texts
Guzzetti, Barbara
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v53 n3 p192-203 Nov 2009
In this article, the author describes how one high school chemistry teacher, Sharon (pseudonym), implemented a literacy-based unit that appealed to her students by capitalizing on their out-of-school interests in forensics and how her students responded to that unit. The author also describes how two colleagues at her school joined her in teaching forensics during the following academic year. In doing so, she explores the range of related literacy activities that students employed both in school and on their own outside of school and shared with her in interviews or through questionnaires. She also provides examples of how individuals related the knowledge and skills that they learned from their interactions with everyday texts in informal settings to the science concepts that they learned in class. Finally, she identifies the appealing features of alternative texts and textual practices that could be re-created in designing instruction in classroom settings. Although these activities were science related, their appealing features could be incorporated into instruction in other content areas as well.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A