Academic journal article Science Scope

Show Me What You Know: Exploring Student Representations across STEM Disciplines

Academic journal article Science Scope

Show Me What You Know: Exploring Student Representations across STEM Disciplines

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Show Me What You Know: Exploring Student Representations Across STEM Disciplines

By Barbara M. Brizuela and Brian E. Gravel. 2013. $54.95.292 pp. Teachers College Press. New York, NY. ISBN: 9780807754092

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Teachers who wish to learn more about how their students develop the ability to "represent" the content they are learning would be well served by reading this book. It examines how students across different ages and disciplines produce and use representations such as graphs, drawings, and other products in order to understand their experiences. The authors who contributed to this collection use the extensive research that has been done to show the importance of understanding how representations can be crucial in the development of students' ability to understand all of the 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" is broken into 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. …

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