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Manifestations and Student Awareness of Science Literacy Values in Different Teaching Contexts

  • Author / Creator
    Henkelman, Gregory L
  • This qualitative exploratory study investigated how one teacher’s view of science literacy was manifested in different classes. Using transcripts of semi-structured interviews and audio/video recordings of classroom and lab activities, one teacher’s professed science literacy values were compared to the science literacy values evident in his teaching practice and in students’ reports of their class experiences with him. Transcripts were coded using science literacy values developed in a framework used by Corrigan, Cooper, Keast, and King (2010) and Cooper and Corrigan (2011), with additional values added after a preliminary analysis of data from student and teacher interviews. Results suggest that while a teacher may clearly define and emphasize certain values of science literacy, different classroom settings and students may require different approaches to ensure those values are clearly understood. Findings from this study suggest that educators can develop greater autonomy and maintain passion for their profession by engaging in deep thought about their own science literacy values.

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  • Graduation date
    2015-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3PV6BD6C
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Secondary Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Nocente, Norma (Secondary Education)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Pegg, Jerine (Elementary Education)
    • Dust, Tom (Secondary Education)
    • Nocente, Norma (Secondary Education)