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Writing and Learning in the Science Classroom : Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education - Carolyn S. Wallace

Writing and Learning in the Science Classroom

Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education

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This volume is of interest to science educators, graduate students, and classroom teachers. The book will also be an important addition to any scholarly library focusing on science education, science literacy, and writing.This book is unique in that it synthesizes the research of the three leading researchers in the field of writing to learn science: Carolyn S. Wallace, Brian Hand, and Vaughan Prain. It includes a comprehensive review of salient literature in the field, detailed reports of the authors' own research studies, and current and future issues on writing in science.The book is the first to definitely answer the question, "Does writing improve science learning?." Further, it provides evidence for some of the mechanisms through which learning occurs. It combines both theory and practice in a unique way. Although primarily a tool for research, classroom teachers will also find many practical suggestions for using writing in the science classroom.

Introduction : does writing promote learning in science?p. 1
Evidence from the literature for writing as a mode of science learningp. 9
Cognitive, constructivist mechanisms for learning science through writingp. 21
The role of language in science learning and literacyp. 33
A research program on writing for learning in science : 1992-2002p. 47
Using a science writing heuristic to promote learning from laboratoryp. 67
Children's views of writing of learnp. 91
Teacher's perceptions of writing to learn strategiesp. 105
Breakthroughs, classroom implications, on-going and future researchp. 123
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ISBN: 9781402020179
ISBN-10: 1402020171
Series: Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: May 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44