Teacher explanations

Geelan, David (2012). Teacher explanations. In Barry J. Fraser, Kenneth Tobin and Campbell McRobbie (Ed.), Second international handbook of science education (pp. 987-999) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-9041-7

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Author Geelan, David
Title of chapter Teacher explanations
Title of book Second international handbook of science education
Place of Publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4020-9041-7
Series Springer international handbooks of education
ISBN 9781402090400
Editor Barry J. Fraser
Kenneth Tobin
Campbell McRobbie
Volume number 24
Chapter number 65
Start page 987
End page 999
Total pages 13
Total chapters 96
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Subjects B1
Abstract/Summary The ways in which science teachers explain science concepts to students are complex and rich phenomena. Science teaching explanations have identifiable features, with some of these features being shared with formal scientific explanations and some with everyday explanations. This chapter reviews the existing research on science teacher explanations, explores research on explanations in chemistry, physics and biology and reviews studies of the role of analogy in explanation. Teleological and anthropomorphic explanations are recognised as having a legitimate role in science teaching, although they are unacceptable in formal science explanations. Several of the studies reviewed also consider how beginning teachers learn, through teacher education and experience, to offer high-quality explanations. Other research indicates that teachers sometimes offer ‘tautological’ explanations or explanations that are flawed in some serious way, and consider remedial approaches. The chapter concludes by arguing that significant further research should be conducted in this under-researched field.
Keyword Argument
Nature of science
Teacher education
Q-Index Code BX
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Institutional Status UQ

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