Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Show Me What You Know

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Show Me What You Know

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By Barbara M. Brizuela and Brian E. Gravel. $55. 292 pp. Teachers College Press. New York. 2013. ISBN: 9780807754092

Teachers who wish to learn more about how their students develop the ability to "represent" the content they learn would be well served to read this book. It examines how students across different ages and disciplines produce and use graphs, drawings, and other products to understand their experiences. The authors use the extensive research done to show the importance of understanding how representations can be crucial in the development of students' ability to understand STEM disciplines.

The book will be especially useful to middle and secondary teachers as they try to build on students' prior experiences. Show Me What You Know has four sections, each discussing a different aspect of representations. The first part shows how learners develop the skills for sharing their experiences and focuses on how young children create symbols to represent quantitative data. Subsequent sections explain how students become fluent at using different representations, especially graphs, and why learners eventually choose certain ones to externalize their experiences. …

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