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Title: Transforming through Technologies the Modalities of Learning: New Life Sciences in Secondary Schooling
Contributor(s): Hedberg, John (author); Van Bergen, Penny (author); Freebody, Peter (author); Nichols, Kim (author); van Rooy, Wilhelmina (author); Barton, Georgina (author); Chan, Eveline  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: Issues of disciplinarity and technology are implicated in the New Life Sciences (NLS), a meta-discipline of emerging areas of bioscience in which much understanding is mediated via digital technologies, and much knowledge is represented in symbolic forms other than or in conjunction with language. Nonetheless, limited attention has been directed to observing the incidence and structure of NLS teaching in the Science classroom. We address this limitation by identifying and describing the digital and multimodal representations currently being used to teach concepts from NLS in Australian senior secondary school Biology classrooms. Qualitative analyses revealed many instances of NLS concepts being integrated with more traditional Biology material, best-case practices of effective non-verbal digital representations including modelling and animation of complex concepts, and individual differences between both teachers and schools. These findings preface a systematic program of re-theorisation, collaborative trialling, and intervention focused on NLS curriculum and pedagogy.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: ED-MEDIA 2008: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Vienna, 30 June - 4 July, 2008
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA), p. 6322-6330
Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Place of Publication: Chesapeake, United States of America
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130106 Secondary Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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