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Elaboration and negotiation of new content: The use of meaning making resources in multilingual science classrooms
Stockholm University.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Swedish Language. Stockholm University. (LNUC Intermedial and multimodal studies (IMS))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9063-4386
Stockholm University.
Stockholm University.
2017 (English)In: NFSUN Nordic Research Symposium on Science Education 2017: Paper presentations – posters – symposia – workshops, 2017, 17-20 p.Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This presentation reports results from a study aiming at examining multilingual students’ meaning-making in science when instructed through Swedish. Focus is on how new content is elaborated and negotiated through various semiotic resources such as written and spoken language, still and moving images, gestures and physical artefacts. Data consist of video and audio recordings and digital photographs from two multilingual physics classrooms (students aged 11-12 and 14-15 respectively) and one biology classroom (students aged 14-15 years). Theoretically, the project takes its stance in social semiotics and pragmatist theory. Data are analysed through systemic functional linguistics, multimodal analyses and Dewey’s principle of continuity. The results show that the teachers and the students were engaged in meaning-making activities involving a variety of semiotic resources in ways that sometimes matched both students’ linguistic and scientific level. However, some observations indicate classroom practices that might constitute a hindrance for meaning-making. The study has implications for ways of promoting multilingual students’ meaning-making in science, including learning science, competent action, that is, norms about how to act in the science classroom, and communicating through different modes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. 17-20 p.
Keyword [en]
science teaching and learning, multimodality, multilingual students, science literacy
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Humanities, Swedish Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68339OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-68339DiVA: diva2:1148965
Conference
NFSUN Nordic Research Symposium on Science Education 2017, Trondheim, Norway, 6-9 June 2017
Projects
Multilingual students' meaning making in school biology and physics. An interdisciplinary project.
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2013-42867-99966-13
Available from: 2017-10-13 Created: 2017-10-13 Last updated: 2017-10-16Bibliographically approved

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