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ERIC Number: EJ948723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
Bridging Worlds: Measuring Learners' Discursive Practice in a Partsim Supported Biology Lesson
Fies, Carmen; Langman, Juliet
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v9 n6 p1415-1438 Dec 2011
We report on a case study that took place in a southwestern culturally and linguistically diverse urban high school science classroom during a grade recovery summer session. The introduction of a technology-infused unit on epidemiology engaged students in a multi-contextual exploration of the spread of diseases. The analysis of the resultant classroom discourse centers on connections made and identities expressed by the students (as students, social beings, avatars, and scientists), with particular attention to how these students use language to "bridge worlds" (the participatory simulation world, the classroom world, the "real" world (outside the classroom), and the laboratory (science) world). The results indicate that including a participatory technology tool supported students' learning journey. Specifically, students built on a shared virtual experience in ways that helped them to draw and expand on prior experiences well beyond the classroom in the service of developing science understanding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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