Strengthening science attitudes for newcomer middle school english learners: visually enriched integrated science and language instruction
Published on May 24, 2019in International Journal of Science Education1.25
· DOI :10.1080/09500693.2019.1585993
ABSTRACTThis study investigated ways to foster positive science attitudes among newcomer first-year middle school English learners (n = 79) under two conditions: (1) Extended Science + Extended Literacy (planetarium-based visualisations + vocabulary + comic and trade books) and (2) Extended Science + Literacy (planetarium-based visualisations + vocabulary). The results indicated a statistically and practically meaningful increase in science attitudes (Cohen’s d = 0.43) after an 8-week science unit delivered under the Extended Science + Extended Literacy condition, which was maintained, but not increased, for the second 8-week unit under the Extended Science + Literacy condition. These results suggest that the combination of planetarium-based visualisations and comic and trade books can be effective for supporting newcomer ELs’ science attitudes. However, once achieved, this effect may be maintained with less intensive literacy (vocabulary only) support. Student judgments of the quality of the planetarium-...