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Seeing the natural world: A tension between pupils' diverse conceptions as revealed by their visual representations and monolithic science lessons

Reiss, M; Boulter, C; Tunnicliffe, SD; (2007) Seeing the natural world: A tension between pupils' diverse conceptions as revealed by their visual representations and monolithic science lessons. Visual Communication , 6 (1) pp. 99-114. 10.1177/1470357207071467. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article, the authors report on drawings of the natural environment produced by a sample of 13–14-year-olds. One of their interests is the extent to which these young people see the world in the way rewarded in science lessons. With rare exceptions, school science generally assumes that for any scientific issue there is a single valid scientific conception so that alternative conceptions are misconceptions. The drawings reveal a plurality of ways in which the natural environment is portrayed and we conclude that there is scientific as well as other worth in this diversity. The authors argue that schools need to take account of this diversity; many pupils will not be interested in a single, monolithic depiction of the natural world in their school science lessons. © 2007, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: Seeing the natural world: A tension between pupils' diverse conceptions as revealed by their visual representations and monolithic science lessons
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1470357207071467
UCL classification: 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
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1532407
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