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Student-Teacher Interactions for Bringing out Student Ideas About Energy
RiSE: National Summer Conference Integrating STEM Education Research into Teaching: Knowledge of Student Thinking (2012)
  • Benedikt W. Harrer, University of Maine
  • Michael Wittmann, University of Maine
  • Rachel Scherr, University of Maryland
Abstract
Modern middle school science curricula use group activities to help students express their thinking and enable them to work together like scientists. We are studying rural 8th grade science classrooms using materials on energy. Even after spending several months with the same curriculum on other physics topics, students’ engagement in group activities seems to be restricted to creating lists of words that are associated with energy. Though research suggests that children have rich and potentially valuable ideas about energy, our students don’t seem to spontaneously use and express their ideas in the classroom. Only within or after certain interactions with a teacher do students begin to explore and share these ideas. We present and characterize examples of student-teacher interactions resulting in students’ deeper engagement with their ideas about energy. This preliminary analysis of video-recorded classroom dialog is a step toward helping teachers improve their students’ learning about energy.
Publication Date
June, 2012
Location
The University of Maine; Orono, Maine
Citation Information
Benedikt W. Harrer, Michael Wittmann and Rachel Scherr. "Student-Teacher Interactions for Bringing out Student Ideas About Energy" RiSE: National Summer Conference Integrating STEM Education Research into Teaching: Knowledge of Student Thinking (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/benedikt_harrer/35/