Editor's Note: Meeting the Challenges of Communicating Scienceby: Linda Froschauer

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Science and Children’s editor shares thoughts regarding the current issue.

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  • Elementary
Publication Date
11/1/2016

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  • on Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:29 PM

After I read this article, I know that some students will feel challenged when they read or write in science. However, “Writing with a purpose and communicating findings to their audience requires experiences that help students develop understanding.” (Froschauer, 2016)Thus, teachers should help students experience science is important. When students have prior knowledge about the new ideas, they will understand science better. In addition, teachers should help students find the appropriate levels readings which can teach students new vocabularies in science more easily. The author finds that students have more interests in more print resources which are scientifically accurate. I also know that students must be able to communicate in science by reading, writing and speaking. These skills are necessary for students. Hence, teachers should pay more attention to develop students these skills by using suitable science context. When I was junior high school students, I felt science is boring and difficult because there are so many technical vocabularies in the science book. I prefer my teachers to do more experiments in the class then introduce new knowledge about science. In the future, I would like to choose appropriate contexts to teach my students which have some diagrams, pictures and several new words.

Yu Ni
Yu Ni

  • on Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:13 AM

Speaking, reading, and writing are essential communicating tools in science and other areas. The author in this article presented that she heard colleagues found some students have limited skills in science writing, such as science vocabulary and even less skill in creating data-driven communication tools (Linda, 2016). This will brought about their misunderstanding on the science. As a result, students who are struggling with the science literacy maybe have a negative attitude towards science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Therefore, teachers are encouraged to find material that provides the appropriate vocabulary in an understandable context. The textual material should involves visual product as well, such as diagrams, graphs, tables, charts, symbols, and maps, which will require students to be able to interpret. It is of utmost importance for students to be exposure of the appropriate science context, where they can learn working vocabulary and scientific vision that “allows them to communicate the results of their work with a scientific perspective and voice”. While provide few text-free or text-light sources, such as video, podcasts, and tweets, because of lack of depth and breadth of ideas that can be cultivated via complex context (Linda, 2016).

Jingjing
Jingjing

  • on Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:31 PM

The article shares thoughts regarding the current issue about communicating science. When students gain scientifically literate, they must be able to communicate. Therefore, first of all, we should to figure out the meaning of communicating. Communicating does not means that talk or discuss orally. Speaking, reading, and writing are all essential tools in science, they are all necessary to learn science and deal with the obstacles . The author states that the main difficulties most science teachers face is to integrate writing into their science lessons. Writing in science are important to help to participate in science and engineering practices, understand disciplinary core ideas, and clarify crosscutting concepts. There are so many vocabulary in science, so that students can’t express their understanding clearly. In order to support students, teachers can teach students to interpret themselves visuals such as diagrams, graphs, tables, charts, symbols, and maps in their writing to clarify their understanding. Reading is also a crucial part in science communicating. Students gain information from reading, which can enrich their mind. However, vocabulary, complex expository text and students’ reading level limits themselves. In order to improve students’ communicating, teachers should provide more text-free or text-light sources, such as video, podcasts, and tweets. In conclusion, communicating help students to gain new information, express scientific perspective and voice, and remove misunderstanding. When teachers promote students’ communicating, it is important to expand the types and areas, combine speaking with writing and reading, which can help students to gain a better achievement.

Iris
Iris

  • on Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:20 PM

After I read this article, I know that some students will feel challenged when they read or write in science. However, “Writing with a purpose and communicating findings to their audience requires experiences that help students develop understanding.” (Froschauer, 2016)Thus, teachers should help students experience science is important. When students have prior knowledge about the new ideas, they will understand science better. In addition, teachers should help students find the appropriate levels readings which can teach students new vocabularies in science more easily. The author finds that students have more interests in more print resources which are scientifically accurate. I also know that students must be able to communicate in science by reading, writing and speaking. These skills are necessary for students. Hence, teachers should pay more attention to develop students these skills by using suitable science context. When I was junior high school students, I felt science is boring and difficult because there are so many technical vocabularies in the science book. I prefer my teachers to do more experiments in the class then introduce new knowledge about science. In the future, I would like to choose appropriate contexts to teach my students which have some diagrams, pictures and several new words

Yu
Yu


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