Transforming through technologies the modalities of learning

new life sciences in secondary schooling

John Hedberg, Penelope Van Bergen, Peter Freebody, Kim Nichols, Wilhelmina Van Rooy, Georgina Barton, Eveline Chan

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationED-MEDIA 2008 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications
    EditorsJ. Luca, E. R. Weippl
    Place of PublicationChesapeake, VA
    PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Computing in Education
    Pages6322-6330
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)9781880094655
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventWorld Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (2008) - Vienna, Austria
    Duration: 30 Jun 200830 Jun 2008

    Conference

    ConferenceWorld Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (2008)
    CityVienna, Austria
    Period30/06/0830/06/08

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    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.