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Building a web in science instruction: using multiple resources in a Swedish multilingual middle school class
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2164-1291
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.
2017 (English)In: Language and Education, ISSN 0950-0782, E-ISSN 1747-7581, Vol. 31, no 6, 479-494 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study, on the unit measuring time, examines classroom use of different resources and their affordances for students' meaning-making. The data, comprising audio and video recordings, fieldnotes, photographs and student texts, were collected during a lesson in a multilingual Swedish grad 5 classroom (students aged 11-12). In order to analyse the connections between the different resources, such as talking, modelling, using bodily action and practical equipment, reading and writing, and their affordances for meaning-making, we used pedagogical link-making, Dewey's principle of continuity and Halliday's Systemic Functional Linguistics. Findings show that in using these multiple resources, the teacher builds a web by linking various modes of representation, affording the multilingual students several opportunities for making meaning of the science content. Talk holds the prominent position and is linked to the other mediating resources, which in turn are linked to each other in all possible constellations. Science content is hereby mediated and reinforced through the web of multiple resources.

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2017. Vol. 31, no 6, 479-494 p.
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multilingual students, multiple resources, middle school, pedagogical link-making, Systemic Functional Linguistics
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Science Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-145008DOI: 10.1080/09500782.2017.1344701ISI: 000407905500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-145008DiVA: diva2:1119744
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Flerspråkiga elevers meningsskapande i skolämnena biologi och fysik - en tvärvetenskaplig studie av ämne och språk
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Swedish Research Council, 2013-42867-99966-13
Available from: 2017-07-04 Created: 2017-07-04 Last updated: 2017-09-22Bibliographically approved

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