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Lunsford, Eddie; Melear, Claudia T.; Roth, Wolff-Michael; Perkins, Matthew; Hickok, Leslie G. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2007
Inscriptions are central to the practice of science. Previous studies showed, however, that preservice teachers even those with undergraduate degrees in science, generally do not spontaneously produce inscriptions that economically summarize large amounts of data. This study was designed to investigate the production of inscription while a group…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Scientific Concepts, Visual Aids, Science Instruction
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Reis, Giuliano; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Environmental Education Research, 2007
Why do the designers of environmental education do what they do towards the environment through education? More importantly, how do they account for their design decisions (plans and actions)? Using the theoretical and methodological framework of discourse analysis, we analyse environmental education designers' discourse in terms of the discursive…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Environmental Education, Curriculum Research, Science Curriculum
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Roth, Wolff-Michael – Journal of Curriculum Studies, 2007
Received conceptualizations of scientific literacy are grounded in (1) the notions of "knowledge", "concepts", and "skills" that science students have to "acquire", "appropriate", or "construct" or (2) the notion of "practices" to which they have to be "enculturated" so that they become part of a "community of practice". All such notions…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Science Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Objectives
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Ardenghi, Diego Machado; Roth, Wolff-Michael; Pozzer-Ardenghi, Lilian – Journal of Workplace Learning, 2007
Purpose--The purpose of this paper is to investigate the transitions practitioners undergo as they move from dental school to their first job in a dental clinic and their learning in the workplace. The paper aims to investigate their use of ethical principles as they engage in practice, providing a theoretical explanation for the gap practitioners…
Descriptors: Dentistry, Ethics, Medical Education, Interviews
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Van Eijck, Michiel; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Science Education, 2007
The debate on the status of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) in science curricula is currently centered on a juxtaposition of two incompatible frameworks: multiculturalism and universalism. The aim of this paper is to establish a framework that overcomes this opposition between multiculturalism and universalism in science education, so that…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Epistemology, Indigenous Populations, Science Education
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Roth, Wolff-Michael – International Journal of Educational Research, 2007
Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT), which had been termed the best-held secret of education about 15 years ago, has had an exponential growth over the past three decades. Because it thematizes largely the structural aspects of activity systems, the theory only recently has been developed to include emotional, motivational, and…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Self Concept, Rural Schools, Moral Values
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van Eijck, Michiel; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2007
Given the central place IT-based research tools take in scientific research, the marginal role such tools currently play in science curricula is dissatisfying from the perspective of making students scientifically literate. To appropriately frame the role of IT-based research tools in science curricula, we propose a framework that is developed to…
Descriptors: Research Tools, Scientific Research, Information Technology, Scientific Literacy
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Lee, Yew-Jin; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Learning Organization, 2007
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to answer two interrelated questions: "Who learns and how in the learning organization?". By implication, many theories of the learning organization are addressed that are based on a static and erroneous separation of individual and collective. Design/methodology/approach: Four episodes from a larger case…
Descriptors: Learning, Organizations (Groups), Individual Activities, Animal Husbandry
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Roth, Wolff-Michael – Mind, Culture, and Activity, 2007
Second-generation cultural-historical activity theory, which drew its inspiration from Leont'ev's work, constituted an advance over Vygotsky's first-generation theory by explicitly articulating the dialectical relation between individual and collective. As part of an effort to develop third-generation-historical activity theory, I propose in this…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Ethnography, Motivation, Behavior Theories
Roth, Wolff-Michael – Education Canada, 2007
Many educators and policy makers argue that science literacy and numeracy are vital skills for successfully participating in the economy of this century. But how do educators increase the levels of scientific literacy, let alone make science a subject for all students, when the subject matter itself has been keeping students away? In this article,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Science Instruction, Environmental Education
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; Lee, Yew-Jin – Review of Educational Research, 2007
The authors describe an evolving theoretical framework that has been called one of the best kept secrets of academia: cultural-historical activity theory, the result of proposals Lev Vygotsky first articulated but that his students and followers substantially developed to constitute much expanded forms in its second and third generations. Besides…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Educational Psychology, Models, Teacher Educators
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Boyer, Leanna; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Science Education, 2006
Around the world, many people concerned with the state of the environment participate in environmental action groups. Much of their learning occurs informally, simply by participating in the everyday, ongoing collective life of the chosen group. Such settings provide unique opportunities for studying how people learn science in complex settings…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Science Education, Environmental Education, Volunteers
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Barab, Sasha A.; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Educational Researcher, 2006
The goal of this article is to advance an ecological theory of knowing, one that prioritizes engaged participation over knowledge acquisition. To this end, the authors begin by describing the environment in terms of "affordance networks": functionally bound potentials extended in time that can be acted upon to realize particular goals. Although…
Descriptors: Ecology, Educational Environment, Curriculum Design, Social Networks
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Ercikan, Kadriye; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Educational Researcher, 2006
In education research, a polar distinction is frequently made to describe and produce different kinds of research: "quantitative" versus "qualitative." In this article, the authors argue against that polarization and the associated polarization of the "subjective" and the "objective," and they question the attribution of generalizability to only…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Inquiry, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; Lee, Yew-Jin – Educational Media International, 2006
Data-logging exercises in science classrooms assume that with the proper scaffolding and provision of contexts by instructors, pupils are able to meaningfully comprehend the experimental variables under investigation. From a case study of knowing and learning in a fish hatchery using real-time computer statistical software, we show that…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Computers, Learning Processes, Educational Technology
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