Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/22220
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Human circulatory system
Learning demands
Student language
Systemic Functional Linguistics
Issue Date: 
2020
Citation: 
Seah, L. H. (2020). What student language reveals about the demands of learning the human circulatory system. Research in Science Education, 51, 1529–1547. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-020-09915-z
Abstract: 
This study examined student language in learning the human circulatory system, to understand the challenges they face in representing the knowledge in this topic. Data for this study comprised students’ written responses to a range of structured test items. Responses to 17 test items from 70 students across four classes were analysed using tools adapted from the Systemic Functional Linguistics framework using the seven categories of: Process error, Participant error, Descriptor error, Circumstance error, Connective error, Missing word and Irrelevant word. The analysis revealed six problems in language use that occurred in all four classes taught by three different teachers. Students in the study encountered most difficulties with the use of Participants. Reasons for the prevalence of this error type are proposed. The problematic nature of student language use is discussed in relation to both the conceptual demands inherent in the topic and the scientific practice of language generation in science. Examining the student language illuminates the need for students to understand the rationale for the finely distinguished terminology found in this topic.
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This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Research in Science Education. The published version is available online at https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-020-09915-z
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ISSN: 
0157-244X (print)
1573-1898 (online)
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Project number: 
OER 16/14 SLH
Grant ID: 
Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP)
Funding Agency: 
Ministry of Education, Singapore
File Permission: 
Open
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