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Students Talk about Energy in Project- Based Inquiry Science
AIP Conference Proceedings (2013)
  • Benedikt W. Harrer, University of Maine - Main
  • Virginia J. Flood, University of Maine - Main
  • Michael C. Wittmann, University of Maine - Main
We examine the types of emergent language eighth grade students in rural Maine middle schools use when they discuss energy in their first experiences with Project-Based Inquiry Science: Energy, a research-based curriculum that uses a specific language for talking about energy. By comparative analysis of the language used by the curriculum materials to students’ language, we find that students’ talk is at times more aligned with a Stores and Transfer model of energy than the Forms model supported by the curriculum.
  • Energy,
  • Language,
  • Middle school
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The following article appeared in AIP Conference Proceedings 1513, 162 (2013) and may be found at
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Benedikt W. Harrer, Virginia J. Flood and Michael C. Wittmann. "Students Talk about Energy in Project- Based Inquiry Science" AIP Conference Proceedings Vol. 1513 Iss. 1 (2013)
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