Talking Science: Language and Learning in Science Classrooms

Talking Science: Language and Learning in Science Classrooms

by Wolff-Michael Roth
     
 

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This book is about the fundamental nature of talk in school science. Language as a formal system provides resources for conducting everyday affairs, including the doing of science. And while writing science is one aspect, talking science may in fact constitute a much more important means by which we navigate and know the world-the very medium through which we do

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This book is about the fundamental nature of talk in school science. Language as a formal system provides resources for conducting everyday affairs, including the doing of science. And while writing science is one aspect, talking science may in fact constitute a much more important means by which we navigate and know the world-the very medium through which we do science. In Talking Science Wolff-Michael Roth articulates a view of language that differs from the way science educators generally think about it. Knowing language, in this view, is no longer distinct from knowing one's way around a particular section of the world. It is a non-representational view of language and dispenses with language as a barrier between the individual subject and the world it knows. In addition, the book includes detailed analyses from actual classrooms to exemplify what such a different approach means for science education. The conclusion is that once we have learned new ways of articulating the world and talking about it, we also have learned to handle this world more easily.

Editorial Reviews

Science Education (2)
I would certainly recommend this thought-provoking and stimulating book to anyone who is interested in the theory and practice of teaching and learning science in classroom settings.
Metapsychology
Teacher training departments most certainly ought to have a copy on their library shelves.
Scitech Books News
Roth examines the importance of talking about science in the classroom. He finds that while writing about science is important, it is how instructors describe science and those writings that influences learner outcomes the most.
Science Education
I would certainly recommend this thought-provoking and stimulating book to anyone who is interested in the theory and practice of teaching and learning science in classroom settings.
Metapsychology Online Reviews
Teacher training departments most certainly ought to have a copy on their library shelves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461666349
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/26/2005
Series:
Reverberations: Contemporary Curriculum and Pedagogy
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
10 MB

Meet the Author

Wolff-Michael Roth is Lansdowne Professor, Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

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