Disciplinary authenticity and personal relevance in school science

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Kapon , S , Laherto , A & Levrini , O 2018 , ' Disciplinary authenticity and personal relevance in school science ' , Science Education , vol. 102 , no. 5 , pp. 1077-1106 . https://doi.org/10.1002/sce.21458

Title: Disciplinary authenticity and personal relevance in school science
Author: Kapon, Shulamit; Laherto, Antti; Levrini, Olivia
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2018-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 30
Belongs to series: Science Education
ISSN: 0036-8326
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/302816
Abstract: Pursuing both disciplinary authenticity and personal relevance in the teaching and learning of science in school generates tensions that should be acknowledged and resolved. This paper problematizes and explores the conceptualizations of these tensions by considering personal relevance, disciplinary authenticity, and common school science as three perspectives that entail different educational goals. Based on an analysis of the literature, we identify five facets of the tensions: content fidelity, content coverage, language and discursive norms, epistemic structure and standards, and significance. We then explore the manifestations of these facets in two different examples of the instruction and learning of physics at the advanced high school level in Israel and Italy. Our analysis suggests that (1) the manifestations of these tensions and their resolution are highly contextual. (2) While maintaining personal relevance and disciplinary authenticity requires some negotiation, the main tension that needs to be resolved is between personal relevance and common school science. (3) Disciplinary authenticity, when considered in terms of its full depth and scope, can be equipped to resolve this tension within the discipline. (4) To achieve resolution, teachers’ expertise should include not only pedagogical expertise but also a deep and broad disciplinary understanding.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
science education
personal relevance
school science
authenticity
learning science
thought experiments
scientific inquiry
ELEMENTARY-SCHOOL
EDUCATION
STUDENTS
apprenticeship
Physics
Undergraduate
MATHEMATICS
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