Scientific Literacy

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How can teachers help improve the scientific writing of students in communication tasks?

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“Vocabulary experts agree that adequate reading comprehension depends on a person already knowing between 90 and 95 percent of the words in a text.” Hirsch (2003) High impact strategies and digital tools to embed tier 3 vocabulary for students, as used in actual classrooms, so comprehension and scientific writing is strengthened.

Text types & scaffolding scientific inquiry

For most students, an ability to put together an argument does not come naturally but instead is developed through explicit teaching and practice (Kuhn, 1991). Scaffolds, templates and ways of thinking that help students develop their scientific inquiry and report writing, including ideas and resources for Core Skills.

Authentic communication in assessments

How ASMS uses authentic contexts for literacy, exposing students to a range of text types and developing critical thinking and analytical tools through interdisciplinary learning – including Science Inquiry tasks and SHE tasks.

High impact pedagogies for literacy

What pedagogies are most effective to support the development of writing, comprehension and literacy in students? The EEF found that on average oral language approaches including dialogic teaching have a high impact on student outcomes of +6 months’ additional progress. Explore the theory and examples of practice of these pedagogical strategies.