Bridging the literacy gap: Teaching the skills of reading and writing as they apply in school science

Hanrahan, M 2009, 'Bridging the literacy gap: Teaching the skills of reading and writing as they apply in school science', Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 289-304.


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Title Bridging the literacy gap: Teaching the skills of reading and writing as they apply in school science
Author(s) Hanrahan, M
Year 2009
Journal name Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education
Volume number 5
Issue number 3
Start page 289
End page 304
Total pages 16
Publisher Eurasia Publishing House
Abstract Whereas science teachers in the last century were trained to place empirical activities at the heart of school science (Yore, Bisanz & Hand, 2003) and give relatively less attention to language issues, fundamental literacy (as defined by Norris & Phillips, 2003) is now recognised as having a crucial role in learning science. However, there have been few research reports detailing just how experienced secondary science teachers go about teaching the language and literacies necessary for school science, especially for students who have low literacy skills. This paper explores the literacy-teaching practices of a teacher of "learning support" students during a double-period Earth science class. While the focus was on the science content, many reading and writing skills were taught either as part of the lesson plan or incidentally, thus ensuring that all students could participate more fully. Implications for science teaching and teacher professional development are discussed.
Subject English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
ISSN 1305-8223
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