Challenging Ways of Knowing: In English, Mathematics and Science

Challenging Ways of Knowing: In English, Mathematics and Science

by Dave Baker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0750705248

ISBN-13: 9780750705240

Pub. Date: 04/28/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This work provides an analysis of how knowledge is constructed and defined by teachers and lecturers in schools and universities/colleges. It considers how everyday uses of reading, writing, numeracy and science are cast aside in favour of academic language and academic discourse, arguing that such discourses are alien to learners' daily experiences and are,

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This work provides an analysis of how knowledge is constructed and defined by teachers and lecturers in schools and universities/colleges. It considers how everyday uses of reading, writing, numeracy and science are cast aside in favour of academic language and academic discourse, arguing that such discourses are alien to learners' daily experiences and are, therefore, difficult to acquire and adopt.; Chapters examine literacies of English, mathematics and science as practised in and outside schools and colleges. The book is interdisciplinary and multicultural, adopting perspectives from the UK, USA, South Africa, India, Brazil and Kenya. It should be of interest to a wide market of educationalists, including those involved in educational policy making, teacher education, cultural/multicultural studies, development studies, anthropology, and adult and continuing education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750705240
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. IChanging the Subject Boundaries11
1Good Science or Good Art? or Both?13
2Evolving Shared Discourse with Teachers to Promote Literacies for Learners in South Africa19
3Mathematics, and its Learning, as Narrative - A Literacy for the Twenty-first Century29
Pt. IILiteracy Practices Inside Schools, Outside Schools and in Higher Education41
4Scientific Literacy: A Functional Construct43
5Family Literacy Programmes and Home Literacy Practices52
6Enlarging the 'Ways of Taking' from Literacy Texts: Mode-switching in the Primary Classroom62
7Frames of Knowledge71
8Children's Formal and Informal School Numeracy Practices80
9'How Can You "Discuss" Alone?': Academic Literacy in a South African Context89
10Academic Literacies101
Pt. IIIThe Role of Texts in Literacies for Learning135
11An Agenda for Research on Text Materials in Primary Science for Second Language Learners in Developing Countries137
12'Focusing on the Frames': Using Comic Books to Challenge Dominant Literacies in South Africa146
13Book Learning: Literacy and Information159
Pt. IVQuestioning Dominant Canons and Practices171
14Dominant and Subversive Literacy Practices: The Case for Literature173
15Scientific Literacy: Whose Science? Whose Literacy?184
16Calculating People - Origins of Numeracy in India and the West194
Notes on Contributors204
Author Index209
Subject Index212

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