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Reasoning through representing in school science


Waldrip, BG and Prain, V, Reasoning through representing in school science, Teaching Science, 58, (4) pp. 14-18. ISSN 1449-6313 (2012) [Refereed Article]


The development of students' reasoning and argumentation skills in school science is currently attracting strong research interest. In this paper we report on findings where we aimed to investigate student learning on the topic of motion when students, guided by their teacher, responded to a sequence of representational challenges in which their representational claims functioned as both process and product for reasoning about this topic. We found that students participated in various reasoning processes in generating and critiquing their own and other students' representations, contributing to positive engagement with the topic and conceptual understanding. (Contains 1 figure.)

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Secondary education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Waldrip, BG (Professor Bruce Waldrip)
ID Code:95147
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-09-25
Last Modified:2014-11-25

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