Is understanding a priority in elementary science teaching?

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Author(s)Blake A; Newton DP; Brown LD
Editor(s)Nata, R.
Publication type Book Chapter
Book TitleProgress in Education
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Given that explanatory understanding is important in science education, do elementary science books shaow a concern for explanatory understanding? Using a structured analysis schedule, this study explored the extent to which 76 current elementary science textbooks, intended for use with older elementary children (7-11 years), showed a concern for explanatory understanding. The results indicated that the majority of the books did not reflect such a concern. Nevertheless, some books did include causal and intentional explanations. These could be a useful resource in that they could help shape both teachers' and children's conceptions of what counts as understanding in science.
PublisherNova Science
Place PublishedNew York
NotesExplores the importance of understanding in science education and text as surrogate teacher. A scheme for analysing school book discourse and results from a sample study are described.
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