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Sampson, Victor; Grooms, Jonathon; Walker, Joi Phelps – Science Education, 2011
This exploratory study examines how a series of laboratory activities designed using a new instructional model, called Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI), influences the ways students participate in scientific argumentation and the quality of the scientific arguments they craft as part of this process. The two outcomes of interest were assessed with a…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Instruction
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Alozie, Nonye M.; Moje, Elizabeth Birr; Krajcik, Joseph S. – Science Education, 2010
One goal of project-based science is to promote the development of scientific discourse communities in classrooms. Holding rich high school scientific discussions is challenging, especially when the demands of content and norms of high school science pose challenges to their enactment. There is little research on how high school teachers enact…
Descriptors: Discourse Communities, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Science Curriculum
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Jimenez-Aleixandre, Maria-Pilar; Reigosa, Carlos – Science Education, 2006
The process of construction of meanings for the concepts of concentration and neutralization is explored in terms of "contextualizing practices" (Lemke, 1990, "Talking Science. Language, Learning and Values," Norwood, NJ: Ablex) creation of meanings through connections established among actions and their context. This notion is expanded to include…
Descriptors: Grade 10, Science Laboratories, Chemistry, Epistemology
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Tobin, Kenneth – Science Education, 2005
The study examines how social and cultural factors mediate the teaching and learning of science in an Australian high school. Grade 10 students, many of them new migrants, often transient and from circumstances of economic hardship, were taught a 5-week unit on chemistry by a teacher with social and cultural histories similar to those of most of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 10, Teaching Methods, Laboratories