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By Russell Tytler, Vaughan Prain, Peter Hubber and Bruce Waldrip (Editors). Available from SensePublishers
Current research into student learning in science has shifted attention from the traditional cognitivist perspectives of conceptual change to socio-cultural and semiotic perspectives that characterize learning in terms of induction into disciplinary literacy practices. This book builds on recent interest in the role of representations in learning to argue for a pedagogical practice based on students actively generating and exploring representations. The book describes a sustained inquiry in which the authors worked with primary and secondary teachers of science, on key topics identified as problematic in the research literature. Data from classroom video, teacher interviews and student artifacts were used to develop and validate a set of pedagogical principles and explore student learning and teacher change issues. The authors argue the theoretical and practical case for a representational focus. The pedagogical approach is illustrated and explored in terms of the role of representation to support quality student learning in science. Separate chapters address the implications of this perspective and practice for structuring sequences around different concepts, reasoning and inquiry in science, models and model based reasoning, the nature of concepts and learning, teacher change, and assessment. The authors argue that this representational focus leads to significantly enhanced student learning, and has the effect of offering new and productive perspectives and approaches for a number of contemporary strands of thinking in science education including conceptual change, inquiry, scientific literacy, and a focus on the epistemic nature of science.
By Coral Campbell, Wendy Jobling (Editors). Available from Cambridge University Press
Science education in the early years is vital in assisting young children to come to know about and understand the world around them. Science in Early Childhood covers the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of teaching science in early childhood settings in a way that is engaging and accessible. It is a comprehensive resource for students, as well as early childhood teachers and carers, and provides up-to-date coverage of the national Early Years Learning Framework.
This text explores the current issues and debates in early childhood science education from an Australian perspective, while recognising the links to international practice and research. A summary at the start of each chapter helps readers identify the key themes and ideas in early science education, and application boxes throughout the text illustrate how theories relate to practice. Written by experts in the field, Science in Early Childhood is essential reading for early childhood educators.
Tytler, Russell, Symington, David, Hubber, Peter, Chittleborough, Gail, Campbell, Coral and Darby, Linda (2010) The student as scientist : the impact of the BHP Billiton science awards, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic.
The student as scientist A study of the impact of the BHP Billiton Science Awards (PDF-2MB)
Symington, D., Campbell, C., & Tytler, R. (2008). 'Charting futures for
Science, ICT, Mathematics Education in Rural and Regional Victoria' A Forum
organised by the SiMERR Victorian Hub of the Science, ICT, and Mathematics
Education in Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR) project - Report of the
SiMERR Final Report (PDF-550KB)
Tytler, R., Malcolm, C., Symington, D., & Kirkwood, V. (2008). Research report: Professional development provision for teachers of science and mathematics in rural and regional Victoria. Geelong: Deakin University.
Tytler, R., Groves, S., Gough, A., Darby, L., Kakkinen, C., & Doig, B.
(2008). Improving Middle Years Mathematics and Science: Final report of an
ARC linkage project to the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood
Development. Melbourne: Deakin University.
IMYMS Final Report DEECD (PDF-775KB)
Tytler, R., Osborne, J., Williams, G., Tytler, K., & Cripps Clark, J. (2008).
Opening up pathways: Engagement in STEM across the Primary-Secondary school
transition. Canberra: Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace
Report can be accessed at http://www.deewr.gov.au/skills/resources/documents/openpathinscitechmathenginprimsecschtrans.doc
Tytler, R., Symington, D., Smith, C., & Rodrigues, S. (2008). An Innovation
Framework based on best practice exemplars from the Australian School Innovation
in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) Project. Canberra: Commonwealth
Report can be accessed at
Campbell, C., Chittleborough, G., Hubber, P., Tytler, R., Barty, K., & Stacey,
E. (2007). Using ICT to Support Literacy and Numeracy in Rural Schools:
Evaluation report of a project of the Association of Independent Schools of
Report can be accessed at http://www.independentschools.vic.edu.au/schools/research/index.htm#report