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See detailWhat Tendency for "Inquiry" and "Language": Examining Key Journals in Science Education
de Albuquerque Trigo, Maiza UL; Siry, Christina UL

Scientific Conference (2021, November 10)

Conducting a review of the literature can provide a foundation for understanding research trajectories in a given field, and this proposed presentation will explore one literature review mapping that has ... [more ▼]

Conducting a review of the literature can provide a foundation for understanding research trajectories in a given field, and this proposed presentation will explore one literature review mapping that has been conducted to guide a PhD research project relating primary science education and multilingual learning contexts. A first generic search with the terms “teacher education”, “primary education”, “science education”, “inquiry” and “language” led to an overwhelmingly high number of publications to be gathered and analyzed. So, the path of searching articles in the main scope of the research (science education) was chosen, towards the elaboration of an analytic review map. This mapping consists of a database that was built with articles retrieved from six key journals’ official website (identified through JCR/Scimago ranking), funneling the scope to “teacher education” in primary level (and elementary, for the USA context), and focusing on how the words “inquiry” and “language” emerge in these publications starting from 2008 (after the Rocard report, from 2007). This type of data is presented by the frequency of occurrences and analyzed by theme cluster for tendency construct, using content analysis. The first set of data extracted from one journal (CSSE) shows that “language” and “inquiry” appear in 35 documents, but the number of appearances in titles decreases to three occurrences, narrowed to two titles (one title overlaps both terms); serving as an example of an area to be potentially explored. In order to tackle how the implications and overlaps between language learning and science education (focusing on the inquiry-based method) are presented in published articles, the qualitative analysis exposes two set of results: 1. Occurrence and thematic mapping from a social-cultural perspective; 2. A set of meanings and its relevance to the topics as relations between the use of the words “inquiry” and “language” are drawn. [less ▲]

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See detailWorking towards responsive science education pedagogies during a time of crisis: centering community, diversity and access
Te Heesen, Kerstin UL; Siry, Christina UL; de Albuquerque Trigo, Maiza UL et al

Scientific Conference (2021, January 30)

Children, teachers, and families internationally are navigating new terrains of remote learning and teaching during the COVID-19 crisis, and this extends to the University of Luxembourg's SciTeach Center ... [more ▼]

Children, teachers, and families internationally are navigating new terrains of remote learning and teaching during the COVID-19 crisis, and this extends to the University of Luxembourg's SciTeach Center team, a multidisciplinary group of educators and researchers dedicated to supporting primary and pre-primary science education. Luxembourg’s schools closed mid-March 2020, with rapid implementation of online/distance schooling. By mid-May, the national scenario started changing with deconfinement stages, and schools adopted blended in-person/distance structure of rotating “A” and “B” weeks of instruction, ending the year with two weeks of “back to normal”. What are we wondering about? The SciTeach team responded to changing circumstances with several initiatives to support science education within new structures. The team’s interactions in response to the pandemic and resulting outcomes are the focus of a case study utilizing ethnographic methods and discourse analysis. We are examining planning discussions and development of remote science education resources for in-service teachers, children, and caregivers, with a purpose of identifying essential steps in the process, and the resulting impacts of changes. Why is this wondering important? This wondering will elaborate an adaptation process as we transitioned to online modes of interacting, reflecting on the applicability of responsive pedagogies during crisis. This crisis has exposed issues of equity and access, in particular with the high percentage of students who do not speak the languages of instruction at home (more than half) and has given rise to questions about what structural changes will/can remain ahead. As our main goal is to support children’s engagement in science, we discuss benefits and challenges associated with these responses as they were developed not with the intent to only respond, but to offer teachers a sustainable approach to support students in engaging in science moving forward. What approaches frame our thinking? Grounded in sociocultural theoretical perspectives (Sewell, 1999), we understand the teaching-learning processes as cultural enactment, and we draw on translanguaging perspectives (García, 2009) and multimodal approaches (Kress, 2004). Our theoretical and methodological approach is grounded as bricolage (Kincheloe, 2001), and we hope to honor the diversity and complexity of engaging in research with participants. We seek to trouble the existing policy-based notions of science "proficiency" as we consider diverse ways teachers, students, and families engage in science education, with a particular focus on examining issues of equity and access during crisis. Why is our wondering important to equity, diversity and / or social justice in science education? The overarching purpose of this work is identifying the adaptation process and reflecting upon the resulting impacts of changes. Issues of access and equity are multiple, for teachers, children, and caregivers, and our wondering focuses on three questions: • How can we work towards resource-rich approaches for working with students – to build on what they know and wonder – and make openings for engaging in science inquiry? • How can we support equitable student access to science, given the range of languages and technology access? • How can we keep and nurture community during times of rapid unplanned changes, and shifting interaction structures? [less ▲]

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See detailRefletir sobre infância, educação e cultura a partir do livro “O mundo até ontem”
Pinto, Rooney; de Albuquerque Trigo, Maiza UL

in Educação, Ciência e Cultura (2021), 26(3), 1-16

Este trabalho traz reflexões sobre infância, educação e cultura a partir do livro “O mundo até ontem: O que podemos aprender com as sociedades tradicionais?”, de autoria de Jared Diamond, com particular ... [more ▼]

Este trabalho traz reflexões sobre infância, educação e cultura a partir do livro “O mundo até ontem: O que podemos aprender com as sociedades tradicionais?”, de autoria de Jared Diamond, com particular foco no capítulo cinco “Educar Crianças”, da parte três “Novos e Velhos”. Para além de aspectos relacionados ao parto, maternidade e infanticídio, a obra explora o conceito de infância e de educação em diálogo com o grupo social. Enfatiza os comportamentos e estímulos educacionais das sociedades tradicionais e sua ligação aos seus contextos sociais e culturais que se refletem sobre a educação dos mais novos. Neste cenário, a criança é estimulada em sua autonomia e habilidades sociais através das brincadeiras com grupos multietários. O exercício social da aprendizagem pela consequência dos atos, comum na sociedade tradicional observada pelo autor, serve de reflexão ao polêmico tema contemporâneo da punição física ou moral nos processos educativos. Ainda que a obra não esteja focada no âmbito da educação, o autor apresenta particularidades sociais e culturais que permitem-nos refletir sobre como estão sendo educadas nossas crianças numa sociedade avançada tecnologicamente e empobrecida humanamente. [less ▲]

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See detailCovid-19 in Portuguese educational scenario: actions, responses and reflections
de Albuquerque Trigo, Maiza UL

Scientific Conference (2020, November 06)

On March 13th, the Portuguese government declared that children were going home, and classes would resume after Easter in an online/distance mode. Children were sent home and the system panicked. As a ... [more ▼]

On March 13th, the Portuguese government declared that children were going home, and classes would resume after Easter in an online/distance mode. Children were sent home and the system panicked. As a majority of teachers are over 45 years old, trainings on online platforms were made available, as well as the platforms to be used. In the meantime, the government announced a plan to broadcast via television general lessons starting from April 20th (two 40-minute lessons per day per school year grouping, for primary and elementary school classes only). Secondary classes were mainly online, but 11th and 12th graders went back to school for a few weeks to prepare themselves to the national exams. As the school year came to an end, new guidelines are being outlined and, at this time, each school has to develop their own return and contingency plans (accordingly to the Health Authorities guidelines). This presentation will discuss the responses in Portugal with a reflective focus on education actions and effects. [less ▲]

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