Data on Science and Mathematics Education Reported by Researchers at University of Michigan (An Integrative Framework for the Analysis of Multiple and Multimodal Representations for Meaning-Making in Science Education)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Education Letter -- Investigators publish new report on Science and Mathematics Education. According to news reporting from Ann Arbor, Michigan, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "This paper presents an integrative framework for analyzing science meaning-making with representations. It integrates the research on multiple representations and multimodal representations by identifying and leveraging the differences in their units of analysis in two dimensions: timescale and compositional grain size."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Michigan, "Timescale considers the duration of time a learner typically spends on one or more representations. Compositional grain size refers to the elements of interest within a representation, ranging from components such as visual elements, words, or symbols, to a representation as a whole. Research on multiple representations focuses on the practice of re-representing science concepts through different representations and is typically of long timescale and large grain size. Research on multimodal representations tends to consider how learners integrate the components of a representation to produce meaning; it is usually of finer grain size and shorter timescale. In the integrative framework, each type of analysis on multiple and multimodal representations plays a mutually complementary role in illuminating students' learning with representations. The framework is illustrated through the analysis of instructional episodes of middle school students using representations to learn nanoscience concepts over the course of a lesson unit."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Finally, recommendations for new research directions stemming from this framework are presented."
For more information on this research see: An Integrative Framework for the Analysis of Multiple and Multimodal Representations for Meaning-Making in Science Education. Science Education, 2014;98(2):305-326. Science Education can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Science Education - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1098-237X)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting K.S. Tang, University of Michigan, Sch Educ, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, United States. Additional authors for this research include C. Delgado and E.B. Moje.
Keywords for this news article include: Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States, Science Education, North and Central America, Science and Mathematics Education
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