Representation and participation in school science (REDE)
The project Representation and participation in school science (REDE) aims at developing research based teaching methods and resources that strengthen the development of functional literacy skills among teacher training students. It also aims to contribute to high quality in students’ learning processes in school.
The innovations have a focus on representation practices. Representations such as verbal language, text, graphs, diagrams, images, animations, simulations and equations are both tools for learning as well as for participation in practices involving science. They are integral to disciplines of science as well as to citizenship. This implies that it is important to prepare student teachers for applying scientific representations in their teaching.
The innovation consists of four modules. Three modules consist of teaching resources for school science teachers, and focus on the following themes:
1. Content knowledge
2. Socioscientific issues (SSI) and environmental challenges
3. Nature of science (NOS)
Each module will consist of design principles for the area covered by the module, specific lesson plans, exemplary practice illustrated with video clips, learning resources, and guide for teachers.
Module 4 aims at supporting the development of representation practices among teacher training students, by supporting the teaching of modules 1-3 in campus and supporting teacher training students in their in-service practices in school. In this way, REDE seeks to strengthen the cohesion between campus and school arenas in teacher education.
REDE takes existing research on representation practices as a point of departure, but will also conduct research into students’ learning processes, teachers’ experiences and the design of teaching that fosters students’ competent and critical use of representations. Researchers at ILS are responsible for the design-based research in cooperation with teachers at two upper secondary schools and one lower secondary school.