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ERIC Number: EJ991271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Communicating Like a Scientist with Multimodal Writing
McDermott, Mark; Kuhn, Mason
Teaching Science, v58 n2 p55-57 Jun 2012
If students are to accurately model how scientists use written communication, they must be given opportunities to use creative means to describe science in the classroom. Scientists often integrate pictures, diagrams, charts, and other modes within text and students should also be encouraged to use multiple modes of communication. This article describes the experiences of a fourth grade teacher who has utilized alternative writing tasks requiring students to use multiple modes of communication. Not only have students communicated their understanding of concepts in these tasks, the assignments have encouraged student knowledge generation rather than recall of already learned information.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A