Explaining science in the classroom

Jon Ogborn ... [et al.]

"This is an impressive book. It is an example of that rare item - a book about complex scientific ideas, expressed in clear, simple language - built on real teacher - learner conversations. Starting in the classroom, or the laboratory, with the most common occurence - a teacher offering an explanation, it proceeds by analysing the nature of specific explanations so that teachers can gain fuller insights into what is happening. Having teased out the processes of explanation, the authors then reconstruct them showing how elaboration, transformation and demonstration can enhance the understanding of the learner." Professor Peter Mortimore * How do science teachers explain science to students? * What makes explanations work? Is explaining science just an art, or can it be described, taught and learned? That is the question posed by this book. From extensive classroom observations, the authors give vivid descriptions of how teachers explain science to students, and provide their account with a sound theoretical basis. Attention is given to the ways in which needs for explanation are generated, how the strange new entities of science - from genes to electrons - are created through talk and action, how knowledge is transformed to become explainable, and how demonstrations link explanation and reality. Different styles of explanation are illustrated, from the 'teller of tales' to those who ask students to 'say it my way'. Explaining Science in the Classroom is a new and exciting departure in science education. It brings together science educators and specialists in discourse and communication, to reach a new synthesis of ideas. The book offers science teachers very practical help and insight.

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  • Preface Classrooms, explaining and science Opening up differences The construction of entities Re-working knowledge Demonstration putting meaning into matter Dynamics of explanation 'Styles' of explaining What now, and what next? Appendix context and sources Bibliography Index.

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書名 Explaining science in the classroom
著作者等 Ogborn, Jon
Kress, Gunther (Professor of Education, Institute of Education, University of London)
Martins, Isabel (researcher, Institute of Education, University of London)
McGillicuddy, Kieran (Institute of Education, University of London)
出版元 Open University Press
刊行年月 1996
ページ数 vii, 152 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0335197191
NCID BA28981783
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国