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Dissertation
Examining Hispanic students' science learning in an argument-based inquiry classroom
(2015)
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Abstract
The Hispanic population in the United States experiences many challenges in education that have placed them behind their Euro-American counterparts in terms of achievement. These challenges are associated with socioeconomic status and family structure, educational expectations, cognitive skills, and low-quality schooling in the elementary grades. The purpose of this study was to examine how Hispanic students construct science learning in an argument-based inquiry classroom. This research constitutes a qualitative case study grounded in a sociocultural constructivist framework. Data was collected using a variety of qualitative techniques, including nonparticipant observations, analysis of semi-structured interviews, audio recordings, transcription, and observations. The focal participants of this study are three Latino/Hispanic students, two in fifth grade and one in fourth grade. Findings indicated that the two aspects of an argument-based inquiry approach impact students learning in science under diverse conditions. Students also encounter particular challenges while they are involved in this learning context.
Keywords
  • Dissertation,
  • Hispanic,
  • Students,
  • Argument-Based Inquiry
Publication Date
2015
Degree
PhD
Advisors
Soonhye Park
Comments
Copyright 2015 Claudia P. Aguirre-Mendez
Citation Information
URL: http://ir.uiowa.edu/etd/1526/