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Analysis of science textbook pictures about energy and pupils' readings of them

Stylianidou, F; Ormerod, F; Ogborn, J; (2002) Analysis of science textbook pictures about energy and pupils' readings of them. International Journal of Science Education , 24 pp. 257-283. Green open access

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Abstract

This article outlines the findings of the part of the "Science Teacher Training in an Information Society" (STTIS) project concerned with describing the possible difficulties the pupils have when "reading" science textbook pictures about "energy". Six documents were selected on the basis that they had some of the textual/graphical features previously identified by the project as potentially presenting difficulties to pupils. The pupils' readings of these were investigated using a questionnaire and a follow-up interview. The analysis of three of the documents and of twelve pupils' readings of them is reported in this paper. The results confirm the hypothesis that the "reading" of science textbook pictures is not at all trivial for pupils and conclude that teachers need to spend time and effort talking through the meaning of the images with them. They also suggest that the list of textual/graphical features used in this research is a good starting point for this kind of critical examination.

Type: Article
Title: Analysis of science textbook pictures about energy and pupils' readings of them
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Keywords: 11 - 16, UK, Secondary school, Science, Teaching aids, Semiotics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1507313
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