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Science Teachers’ Pedagogical Scientific Language Knowledge—A Systematic Review

  • Since students’ knowledge of scientific language can be one of the main difficulties when learning science, teachers must have adequate knowledge of scientific language as well as the teaching and learning of it. Currently, little is known about teachers’ practices and, thus, teachers’ knowledge of scientific language, in general, and the teaching and learning of it (Pedagogical Scientific Language Knowledge, PSLK) in particular. For this reason, with this systematic review, we seek to identify elements of pre- and in-service primary and secondary science teachers’ PSLK. The search was conducted on the database Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) and resulted in 35 articles with empirical evidence after the selection process. The results have been deductively and inductively categorized following the framework of the Refined Consensus Model of Pedagogical Content Knowledge, elaborating elements of different knowledge categories that shape PSLK, as well as PSLK itself (e.g., knowledge of (i) scientific language role models, (ii) making scientific terms and language explicit, (iii) providing a discursive classroom, and (iv) providing multiple representations and resources). We can conclude that more research on PSLK is needed as analyzed articles are mainly based on case studies. Additionally, this paper shows a need for a stronger focus on scientific language in teacher education programs. Implications for further research and teacher education are discussed.

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Author:Corinna Mönch, Silvija Markic
Document Type:Working Paper
Publishing Institution:Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg
Release Date:2022/10/13
Year of Completion:2022
Tag:pedagogical scientific language knowledge; scientific language; disciplinary literacy; systematic review; language of science
GND Keyword:Hochschuldidaktik; Hochschule/Lehre
Issue:education sciences 2022, 2(7)
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Faculties:Fakultät für Kultur- und Naturwissenschaften
DDC class:500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 540 Chemie
Open Access:Ja
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International