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Hand, Brian; Norton-Meier, Lori A.; Gunel, Murat; Akkus, Recai – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
How can classrooms become communities of inquiry that connect intellectually challenging science content with language-based activities (opportunities to talk, listen, read, and write) especially in settings with diverse populations? This question guided a 3-year mixed-methods research study using the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH) approach in…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Inquiry, Mixed Methods Research, Science Instruction
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Akkus, Recai; Hand, Brian – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
This study examines the changes in teaching practices during the implementation of a pedagogical model called the mathematics reasoning approach (MRA), which was founded on 2 critical areas in mathematics, problem solving, and writing to learn. Three algebra teachers implemented the approach with their classes, which were divided into control…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development, Interaction
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Nam, Jeonghee; Choi, Aeran; Hand, Brian – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
Current initiatives in science education in Korea have emphasized science literacy as the most important purpose of science education; that is, science education needs to focus on helping each student to become a scientifically literate person who is able to make reasoned decisions. In attempting to address this focus concern about science…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Middle Schools, Writing Tests, Heuristics
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Gunel, Murat; Hand, Brian; Prain, Vaughan – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2007
This study is a secondary analysis of six previous studies that formed part of an ongoing research program focused on examining the benefits of using writing-to-learn strategies within science classrooms. The study is an attempt to make broader generalizations than those based on individual studies, given limitations related to sample sizes,…
Descriptors: Writing Strategies, Classrooms, Science Instruction, Classroom Environment
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Hand, Brian; Yang, Olivia Eun-mi; Bruxvoort, Crystal – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2007
This study researched the use of writing-to-learn strategies within a high-school (Year 11) chemistry classroom. The writing task itself asked the students to write a business letter to a younger audience of middle-school (Year 7) students. A mixed-method design was used for the study, incorporating pre/post- testing with semi-structured…
Descriptors: Stoichiometry, Writing (Composition), Interviews, Attitude Change