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Journal of Research in Science Teaching
written by Kenneth Tobin, David Anderson, and Campbell McRobbie
The study investigates how the discursive practices in a physics class were constrained by social forces associated with the larger context in which teaching and learning were situated. The teacher understood teacing and learning in terms of constructivism, believed that students should have more autonomy in the classroom, and structured activities to involve students actively in the learning process. However, despite his efforts to enact the curriculum in a manner that was consistent with constructivism, the emphasis still was on goals such as learning to use formulas to perform calculations and memorizing facts. In addition to constructivism, belief sets that shaped the enacted curriculum related to time being scarce, content coverage being a primary concern, and students needing to be prepared for examinations. A characteristic of the classroom community was a relative imbalance between the voices of science and common sense. Even though the teacher was concerned with students making sense of physics, examples are provided of students accepting the viability of scientific claims despite contradictions with their common sense notions.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching: Volume 34, Issue 5, Pages 491-507
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Education Foundations
- Teacher Characteristics
Education Practices
- Curriculum Development
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General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
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DOI:
10.1002/(SICI)1098-2736(199705)34:5<491::AID-TEA5>3.0.CO;2-L
Keywords:
Classroom Communication, Constructivism (Learning), Discourse Analysis, Educational Strategies, Physics, Secondary Education
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Metadata instance created July 14, 2005 by Lyle Barbato
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September 23, 2007 by Lyle Barbato
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December 7, 1998
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K. Tobin, D. Anderson, and C. McRobbie, J. Res. Sci. Teaching 34 (5), 491 (1997), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1098-2736(199705)34:5%3C491::AID-TEA5%3E3.0.CO;2-L).
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K. Tobin, D. Anderson, and C. McRobbie, Dialectical constraints to the discursive practices of a high school physics community, J. Res. Sci. Teaching 34 (5), 491 (1997), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1098-2736(199705)34:5%3C491::AID-TEA5%3E3.0.CO;2-L>.
APA Format
Tobin, K., Anderson, D., & McRobbie, C. (1998, December 7). Dialectical constraints to the discursive practices of a high school physics community. J. Res. Sci. Teaching, 34(5), 491-507. Retrieved December 18, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1098-2736(199705)34:5%3C491::AID-TEA5%3E3.0.CO;2-L
Chicago Format
Tobin, K, D. Anderson, and C. McRobbie. "Dialectical constraints to the discursive practices of a high school physics community." J. Res. Sci. Teaching. 34, no. 5, (December 7, 1998): 491-507, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1098-2736(199705)34:5%3C491::AID-TEA5%3E3.0.CO;2-L (accessed 18 December 2017).
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Tobin, Kenneth, David Anderson, and Campbell McRobbie. "Dialectical constraints to the discursive practices of a high school physics community." J. Res. Sci. Teaching 34.5 (1997): 491-507. 18 Dec. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1098-2736(199705)34:5%3C491::AID-TEA5%3E3.0.CO;2-L>.
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