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Students' alternative frameworks: Towards a linguistic and cultural interpretation


Lynch, PP and Jones, BL, Students' alternative frameworks: Towards a linguistic and cultural interpretation, International Journal of Science Education, 17, (1) pp. 117-118. ISSN 0950-0693 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/0950069950170108


The study attempts to show how students’ alternative frameworks can be explained in terms of linguistic and cultural effects. The interpretations are based on data provided by student dialogue associated with the theme: the nature of matter. Comparable groups of students in Tasmania and the Philippines were interviewed in their home languages: English, Tagalog and Ilocano, respectively. Two strategies were employed to deal with the task of differentiating between cultural and linguistic effects. The first involved a ‘triangulation’ comparison of student interview responses where the analysis was mainly at the level of discourse. The second strategy was based on comparative science vocabularies of the three languages concerned.The study is not simply about English and Philippines languages but attempts to provide insights into the more general debate about the relationship of language to perception and the robustness of different language(s) in dealing with established forms of scientific argument. © 1995 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Learning sciences
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lynch, PP (Dr Paddy Lynch)
UTAS Author:Jones, BL (Dr Brian Jones)
ID Code:5094
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-24

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