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Teachers’ way of contextualising the science content in lesson introductions
Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö Universitet, Malmö, Sverige.
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3349-226x
2021 (English)In: Science Education International, ISSN 1450-104X, E-ISSN 2077-2327, Vol. 32, no 1, p. 46-54Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Previous studies have pointed to the benefits of involving students’ everyday life experiences in lessons and in contextualizing the sciencecontent to enhance learning and positive attitudes toward school science. However, most of these investigations have been conductedas intervention studies. By contrast, the present study explored how teachers, in authentic situations and without interventions, relatedthe school science context to other contexts. We analyzed a total of 490 min of lesson introductions in Swedish Grade 9 classes. Theresults revealed that teachers employed contextualization at the intersection of science content and the everyday life context, the schoolcontext, and the language context. Furthermore, it appeared that contextualization was created in the moment, as a way of explicatingthe scientific content. Compared to intervention studies, the present study shows that occasions of contextualization are rare. It ispossible to conclude that the use of contextualization in science learning situations could be viewed as a teacher competence and mustbe explicit in teacher education and professional development to achieve the benefits of enhanced student interest and learning shownin the mentioned intervention studies. 

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Izmir: International Council of Associations for Science Education , 2021. Vol. 32, no 1, p. 46-54
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-44000DOI: 10.33828/sei.v32.i1.5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-44000DiVA, id: diva2:1534046
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Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, MAW 2012.0094Available from: 2021-03-04 Created: 2021-03-04 Last updated: 2022-06-02Bibliographically approved

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