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Brian Hand
Iowa State University
26Publications
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Brian Hand17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Iowa State University),
Carolyn W. Wallace3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Georgia),
Eun-Mi Yang2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Iowa State University)
Science laboratory activities within secondary science have traditionally followed prescriptive outlines both in the structure and reporting of the activity. Building on current understandings of writing to learn science strategies, a Science Writing Heuristic has been developed that encourages students to examine laboratory activities much more carefully in terms of having to justify their research questions, claims and evidence. This study reports on the implementation of the heuristic within ...
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Liesl Hohenshell1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Iowa State University),
Brian Hand17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Iowa State University),
Jay Staker1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Iowa State University)
It made me concentrate more on it (biotechnology]. I had to concentrate because I had to make it so that I could understand it and explain it to seventhgraders. Ifelt like I had to learn it, so I just did. Students in all four classes (N = 73) indicated that their writing was instrumental in learning difficult concepts. In this article, we share our lesson procedure, report students' perspectives, and provide examples of their written work.
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Vaughan Prain28
Estimated H-index: 28
(La Trobe University),
Brian Hand17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Iowa State University)
AbstractWhile there is strong advocacy for schools to integrate the use of new technologies across the curriculum, an extensive literature highlights challenges facing schools undertaking such an agenda. This paper reports on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a whole-school approach to using new technologies for teaching and learning in a senior secondary school in Australia. The paper provides an analysis of crucial factors in the effective use of computers for learning across the...
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Larry D. Yore28
Estimated H-index: 28
(University of Victoria),
Brian Hand17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Iowa State University)
This review, written to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Journal of Science Education, revealed a period of changes in the theoretical views of the language arts, the perceived roles of language in science education, and the research approaches used to investigate oral and written language in science, science teaching, and learning. The early years were dominated by behavioralist and logico-mathematical interpretations of human learning and by reductionist research approaches,...
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Brian Hand17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Iowa State University),
Donna E. Alvermann33
Estimated H-index: 33
(University of Georgia),
James C. Gee57
Estimated H-index: 57
(University of Wisconsin-Madison)
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Vaughan Prain1
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(Iowa State University),
Brian Hand17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Iowa State University),
Larry D. Yore3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Iowa State University)
The role of writing in learning secondary science has received increasing research focus over the last decade. This study aimed to identify students’ drafting strategies when they wrote for a readership other than their teacher, as well as their perceptions of the value of this task. The findings indicated that students perceived this writing process and task as valuable for their learning of science concepts and that their drafting approaches were consistent with current conceptualisations of e...
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Larry D. Yore28
Estimated H-index: 28
(University of Victoria),
Brian Hand17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Iowa State University),
Vaughan Prain28
Estimated H-index: 28
(La Trobe University)
This study attempted to establish an image of a science writer based on a syn- thesis of writing theory, models, and research literature on academic writing in science and other disciplines and to contrast this image with an actual prototypical image of scientists as writers of science. The synthesis was used to develop a questionnaire to assess scientists' writing habits, beliefs, strategies, and perceptions about print-based language. The ques- tionnaire was administered to 17 scientists from ...
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Brian Hand17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Iowa State University),
Vaughan Prain28
Estimated H-index: 28
(La Trobe University),
Carolyn W. Wallace3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Georgia)
This paper reports on two inter-related studies that examined the use of non-traditional writing strategies within secondary school science classrooms. The first study involved Year 10 students who incorporated one letter writing experience into the learning sequence when studying genetics. The second study was with Year 9 students who used both a non-traditional laboratory writing heuristic and letter writing as part of the learning sequence when studying a topic on light. The same teacher was ...
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Brian Hand17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Iowa State University),
Vaughan Prain28
Estimated H-index: 28
(La Trobe University)
Although there is now strong support for the use of writing-to-learn in science, research in this field has tended to ignore the challenges facing teachers in developing new understandings and practices in relation to this use of writing. This paper reports on a 4-year study examining teachers' concerns in implementing writing-to-learn strategies within science classrooms based on using a model of writing-to-learn. The study reports in detail on two teachers' participation in an ongoing in-servi...
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Brian Hand17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Iowa State University),
Vaughan Prain28
Estimated H-index: 28
(La Trobe University),
Larry D. Yore28
Estimated H-index: 28
(University of Victoria)
Recent enlarged accounts of science literacy emphasize that student learning should move beyond a narrow focus on technical knowledge to an understanding of the nature, rationale and procedures of science as well as a commitment and capacity to communicate scientific understandings to diverse readerships. This chapter explores the implications of this redefined view of science literacy for effective task design in writing for learning in science. We report on two case studies that sought to iden...
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