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ERIC Number: EJ962471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Outcomes and Implications of One Teacher's Approach to Context-Based Science in the Middle Years
King, Donna; Winner, Evan; Ginns, Ian
Teaching Science, v57 n2 p26-34 Jun 2011
In Australia, there is a crisis in science education with students becoming disengaged with canonical science in the middle years of schooling. One recent initiative that aims to improve student interest and motivation without diminishing conceptual understanding is the context-based approach. Contextual units that connect the canonical science with the students' real world of their local community have been used in the senior years but are new in the middle years. This ethnographic study explored the learning transactions that occurred in one Year 9 science class studying a context-based Environmental Science unit for eleven weeks. Outcomes of the study and implications are discussed in this paper. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia