Friday, December 9, 2011

Reading and Science


Question: What types of science lend itself to reading?

Answer: While reading and science have been replaced by hands-on science for many years, a new approach to reading and science is suggesting refutation texts to change one’s preconceived notions about the natural world. “As evidenced by the recent publication of the first International Handbook of Conceptual Change (Vosniadou, 2008), it has been well established that learning in science is a matter of changing one’s preconceived notions about the natural world.” P. 374. The world might look flat, but it isn’t. Here’s why.

Comment: This approach to reading science is win-win-win for science and literacy and critical thinking. I don’t know much about this approach to science, but it sounds fascinating. I’ll keep my eyes open for more information on this intriguing approach to reading science. RayS.

Title: “Bridging Reading Comprehension and Conceptual Change in Science Education: the Promise of Refutation Text.” GM Sinatra and SM Broughton. Reading Research Quarterly (October/ November/ December 2011), 374-393.

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