Language and Learning in Science Classrooms
By (author) Wolff-Michael Roth
Publication date:26 May 2005
Length of book:256 pages
PublisherRowman & Littlefield Publishers
This book is about the fundamental nature of talk in school science. Language as a formal system provides resources for conducting everyday affairs, including the doing of science. And while writing science is one aspect, talking science may in fact constitute a much more important means by which we navigate and know the world-the very medium through which we do science. In Talking Science Wolff-Michael Roth articulates a view of language that differs from the way science educators generally think about it. Knowing language, in this view, is no longer distinct from knowing one's way around a particular section of the world. It is a non-representational view of language and dispenses with language as a barrier between the individual subject and the world it knows. In addition, the book includes detailed analyses from actual classrooms to exemplify what such a different approach means for science education. The conclusion is that once we have learned new ways of articulating the world and talking about it, we also have learned to handle this world more easily.
I would certainly recommend this thought-provoking and stimulating book to anyone who is interested in the theory and practice of teaching and learning science in classroom settings.