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ERIC Number: EJ921518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Connecting Students to Science through Structured Reading of Historical Nonfiction
Straits, William J.; Zwiep, Susan Gomez; Wilke, R. Russell
Journal of College Science Teaching, v40 n3 p26-31 Jan 2011
Success for many of our students is contingent on the degree to which they identify with and make personal connections to science. Although this may be most true of our nonmajors, it is important for us as science educators to help all our students come to view science in a personally meaningful light. The reading of historical nonfiction can assist in this endeavor, but to ensure that personal connections are made and that specific aspects of the history and nature of science are understood, students need support as they read. This article offers modified literature circles as one means for structuring students' reading. A theoretical rationale and practical advice for using this strategy within science courses is provided. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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