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ERIC Number: EJ918402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7267
Pedagogical Link-Making: A Fundamental Aspect of Teaching and Learning Scientific Conceptual Knowledge
Scott, Phil; Mortimer, Eduardo; Ametller, Jaume
Studies in Science Education, v47 n1 p3-36 Mar 2011
This paper provides an introduction to the concept of pedagogical link-making in the context of teaching and learning scientific conceptual knowledge. Pedagogical link-making is concerned with the ways in which teachers and students make connections between ideas in the ongoing meaning-making interactions of classroom teaching and learning. First of all we draw upon socio-cultural perspectives to outline why we think that "link-making" is fundamental to science learning and consequently to science teaching and then we identify three main forms of pedagogical link-making. The related research literature is then used to specify pedagogical link-making approaches associated with each of the three main forms. Finally, the resultant framework of link-making forms and approaches is applied in analysing a teaching sequence taken from a UK secondary school science classroom. Part of this analysis involves identifying specific pedagogical tools/strategies that might be employed in the classroom to support link-making. (Contains 12 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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