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Productive discourses through the integration of out-of-school media in science learning
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Tang, K. S. (2013). Productive discourses through the integration of out-of-school media in science learning. The European Conference on Education 2013 – Official Conference Proceedings. Retrieved from
The use of out-of-school media (e.g., magazines, movies) in classroom teaching is
often targeted at generating student interests towards the academic subject. However,
there is much potential in using out-of-school media to foster disciplinary and critical
literacy of the subject. A science curricular programme that we have designed and
implemented was to juxtapose and compare students' self-selected out-of-school
media with traditional school-based texts. With data taken from a research study with
a class of high school physics students in Singapore, this paper illustrates the quality
of discourses produced by the students as they went through the programme. Through
a discourse analysis on selected students' work and interviews, this paper analyses
how students made connections between physics and the content they identified in
their chosen media. In particular, evidences of the students' active processes in
connecting everyday and scientific discourses are shown and discussed. These
processes demonstrate learning outcomes that go beyond mere understanding of
science content knowledge to an awareness of the disciplinary norms of scientific
knowledge. They also demonstrate the kind of productive and critical discourses that
could emerge from a curricular approach of juxtaposing and integrating out-of-school
media in school-based science learning.
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