Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education

Theorizing the Future of Science Education Research

Editors: Prain, Vaughan, Hand, Brian (Eds.)

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  • Identifies strengths and challenges within and across competing theories
  • Proposes informed boundary crossing and workable multi-theoretical perspectives  
  • Brings together internationally recognized and new and emerging researchers
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This book reviews the current state of theoretical accounts of the what and how of science learning in schools. The book starts out by presenting big-picture perspectives on key issues. In these first chapters, it focuses on the range of resources students need to acquire and refine to become successful learners. It examines meaningful learner purposes and processes for doing science, and structural supports to optimize cognitive engagement and success. Subsequent chapters address how particular purposes, resources and experiences can be conceptualized as the basis to understand current practices. They also show how future learning opportunities should be designed, lived and reviewed to promote student engagement/learning. Specific topics include insights from neuro-imaging, actor-network theory, the role of reasoning in claim-making for learning in science, and development of disciplinary literacies, including writing and multi-modal meaning-making. All together the book offers leads to science educators on theoretical perspectives that have yielded valuable insights into science learning. In addition, it proposes new agendas to guide future practices and research in this subject.


About the authors

Vaughan Prain is a Professor in Science Interdisciplinary Education Research, Deakin University, Australia.  His research focus is on innovative teaching and learning approaches in primary and secondary science. Initially he focused on the role of writing for learning, and more recently on students engaging with representational affordances within and across visual, spatial, linguistic, mathematical and embodied modes in constructing accounts of scientific processes and claims.

 

Brian Hand is a Distinguished Professor of Science Education at the University of Iowa. He started his career as a chemistry and physics teacher (11 years) before moving into higher education. He has developed a strong research interest in writing and science argument. His focus has been on implementing the Science Writing Heuristic approach to learning for which he has been able to get a series of major grants to explore classroom implementation of the approach.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: Theorizing Future Research for the Science Classroom

    Pages 1-7

    Prain, Vaughan (et al.)

  • Merging Cognitive and Sociocultural Approaches: Toward Better Understandings of the Processes of Developing Thinking and Reasoning

    Pages 11-28

    Webb, Paul (et al.)

  • Frameworks, Committed Testers, and Science as a Form of Life

    Pages 29-41

    Gee, Jim

  • Writers in Community Model: 15 Recommendations for Future Research in Using Writing to Promote Science Learning

    Pages 43-60

    Graham, Steve

  • An Exploratory Neuroimaging Study of Argumentative and Summary Writing

    Pages 63-82

    Lamb, Richard (et al.)

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eBook £47.99
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Hardcover £89.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theorizing the Future of Science Education Research
Editors
  • Vaughan Prain
  • Brian Hand
Series Title
Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education
Series Volume
49
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24013-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24013-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-24012-7
Series ISSN
1878-0482
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 196
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations
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