Institutional traditions in teachers' manners of teaching
2012 (English)In: Cultural Studies of Science Education, ISSN 1871-1502, E-ISSN 1871-1510Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this article is to make a close case study of one teacher’s teaching in relation to established traditions within science education inSweden. The teacher’s manner of teaching is analysed with the help of an epistemological move analysis (EMA). The moves made by the teacher are then compared in a context of educational philosophy and selective tradition. In the analyses the focus is to study the process of teaching and learning in action in institutionalised and socially shared practices.
The empirical material consists of video recordings of four lessons with the same group of students and the same teacher. The students are all in Year7 ina Swedish nine-year compulsory school. During these lessons the students work with a subject area called “Properties of materials”.
The results show that the teacher makes a number of different moves with regard to how to proceed and come to a conclusion about what the substances are. Many of these moves are special in that they indicate that the students need to be able to handle the procedural level of school science. These moves do not deal directly with the knowledge production process, but with methodological aspects. The function of the moves turns the students’ attention from one source of knowledge to another. The moves are aimed at helping the students to help themselves, since it is through their own activity and their own thinking that learning takes place. This is characteristic in the teacher’s manner of teaching. When compared in a context of educational philosophy, this manner of teaching has similarities with progressentialism; a mixture of essentialism and progressivism. This educational philosophy is a central aspect of what is called the academic tradition - a selective tradition common in science education inSwedenbetween 1960-1990.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
manner of teaching. epistemological moves. educational philosophies. selective tradition
Research subject Curriculum Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166922DOI: 10.1007/s11422-011-9375-xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166922DiVA: diva2:478831