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.
|Title of host publication||ED-MEDIA 2008 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications|
|Editors||J. Luca, E. R. Weippl|
|Place of Publication||Chesapeake, VA|
|Publisher||Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
|Event||World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (2008) - Vienna, Austria|
Duration: 30 Jun 2008 → 30 Jun 2008
|Conference||World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (2008)|
|Period||30/06/08 → 30/06/08|
Hedberg, J., Van Bergen, P., Freebody, P., Nichols, K., Van Rooy, W., Barton, G., & Chan, E. (2008). Transforming through technologies the modalities of learning: new life sciences in secondary schooling. In J. Luca, & E. R. Weippl (Eds.), ED-MEDIA 2008 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 6322-6330). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.