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ERIC Number: EJ867291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1090-185X
Elementary Teachers' Use of Language to Label and Interpret Science Concepts
Glen, Nicole J.; Dotger, Sharon
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v21 n4 p71-83 Fall 2009
This qualitative study examined how three teachers of upper elementary students used science vocabulary in their lessons. The data revealed that teachers used vocabulary to label science phenomena and interpret scientific concepts for students. The practice of labeling was used more extensively than interpreting. Teachers did not help their students understand why scientists use language in these two ways or how one informs the other. Implications for science educators include using inquiry to explicitly teach the purposes of scientific language in order to enhance elementary teachers' knowledge of how vocabulary can aid student understanding of science. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York