Features and Functions of Scientific Language(s) in TIMSS 2011
2016 (English)In: NorDiNa: Nordic Studies in Science Education, ISSN 1504-4556, E-ISSN 1894-1257, Vol. 12, no 2, 176-196 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study examines differences in language use in different scientific subjects by analysing all grade 8 science items from TIMSS 2011. Four meaning dimensions are identified as central for analysing what functions different linguistic features fulfil in scientific language. They concern the levels of Packing, Precision and Presentation of information, and the level of Personification in a text.
The results show that language use in TIMSS differs in some ways among the scientific subjects. Average physics language uses more words. Language use in biology shows higher Packing and lower Precision, while physics shows the opposite pattern. Although items are generally low in Personification, the language of physics has higher levels of Personification, especially compared to earth science. Language in chemistry often presents information in more complex ways. According to these results, the study appears to challenge the notion that there is a single scientific language.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 12, no 2, 176-196 p.
science education, large-scale studies, scientific language, TIMSS, systemic functional linguistics
Research subject Curriculum Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-281309OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-281309DiVA: diva2:915905