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Engaging students in learning science through promoting creative reasoning


Waldrip, B and Prain, V, Engaging students in learning science through promoting creative reasoning, International Journal of Science Education, 39, (15) pp. 2052-2072. ISSN 0950-0693 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09500693.2017.1362505


Student engagement in learning science is both a desirable goal and a long-standing teacher challenge. Moving beyond engagement understood as transient topic interest, we argue that cognitive engagement entails sustained interaction in the processes of how knowledge claims are generated, judged, and shared in this subject. In this paper, we particularly focus on the initial claim-building aspect of this reasoning as a crucial phase in student engagement. In reviewing the literature on student reasoning and argumentation, we note that the well-established frameworks for claim-judging are not matched by accounts of creative reasoning in claim-building. We develop an exploratory framework to characterise and enact this reasoning to enhance engagement. We then apply this framework to interpret two lessons by two science teachers where they aimed to develop studentsí reasoning capabilities to support learning.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:creative reasoning, engagement, science, student-generated representation
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Waldrip, B (Professor Bruce Waldrip)
ID Code:125808
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-05-07
Last Modified:2018-06-22

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