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Title [sv]
Inkluderande undervisning i flerspråkiga klassrum - en designstudie
Title [en]
Inclusive science teaching in multilingual classrooms - a design study
Abstract [sv]

Om projektet

Tidigare studier visar att mellanstadieelever, oavsett språk- och klassbakgrund, tycker att de naturvetenskapliga ämnena i skolan är roliga och intressanta. Men det sker en tydlig utsortering ju högre upp i skolsystemet eleverna kommer. Många elever får allt svårare att förstå och lösa uppgifter inom naturvetenskap. Särskilt utsatta är elever som har andra modersmål än landets huvudspråk. De kanske rör sig mellan ett språk som talas hemma, ett annat i skolan och så det tredje mer abstrakta naturvetenskapliga språket. En medvetenhet och konkreta angreppssätt är av stor vikt för att skolan och lärare kan hantera mångfald inom klassrummet.

Tre forskningsteam

Det blir nu tre forskningsteam i Sverige, Norge och Nederländerna som ska samarbeta. Forskningen ska bedrivas utifrån olika perspektiv; att mångspråkighet är en resurs i undervisningen, att språklig stöttning är en förutsättning för att lyckas och att planerad interaktion mellan elever, som del av NO-ämnesdidaktik, är en förutsättning för att både tala, argumentera, skriva och utveckla naturvetenskaplig förståelse.

Samarbetspartners: Högskolan i innlandet, Utrechts universitet

Abstract [en]

About the project

Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands face similar challenges in providing high quality science teaching for all, given the high influx of newly arrived students, but there are remarkable differences in approaches towards hyper diversity in mainstream classes. Dutch educational authorities offer general frameworks but do not interfere with teachers pedagogical choices nor in professional development, in contrast to a very active Swedish National Agency.

The project aims to contribute to inclusive science education through studying teachers classroom work across educational contexts, when provided with innovative tools to explore new literacy approaches and integrate them in their planning of inclusive lessons. Acknowledging the importance of science literacy to multilingual students achievements in the core subject of science, successful approaches for heterogeneous groups have been identified, in specific 'using multilingual resources', 'using language scaffolding' and creating interactive discourse practices'.

Teachers will be provided with professional development and Inclusive Science Materials and their enactment will be studied. Main research question is 'What literacy oriented approaches can be successful for inclusive science education in multilingual primary classrooms in different educational contexts' ? Three parallel case studies, one for each country, will be conducted in heterogeneous classrooms, in which children with migrant background (newly arrived or not) or a multi- and/or minority language background learn together with mother tongue speakers of the language of instruction. Teachers are the key persons to adapt pedagogical approaches therefore close cooperation between researchers and teachers is required. For this reason, Educational Design Research provides a suitable approach. In each country, we will conduct a design study.

Teachers will use the same inclusive science thematic packages and we will follow how and why they use these the way they do. We record teachers conversations in which they adapt thematic units, developed by the researchers to their own practice. We introduce the units in professional development sessions. Of course, also student outcomes and actual participation in classroom activities will be monitored. Apart from theoretical outcomes, practical materials will be available for teacher training.

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Jakobsson, A. & Kouns, M. (2023). Subject-language perspectives on multilingual students learning in science. European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 11(2), 197-214, Article ID s.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Subject-language perspectives on multilingual students learning in science
2023 (English)In: European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, E-ISSN 2301-251X, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 197-214, article id sArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this study, we have explored the ways in which small-group work in science can contribute to strengthen multilingual students’ subject language and conceptual development when working with language-oriented classroom activities in primary classrooms. The aim is to determine whether it is possible to identify factors in interactions in small-group work that strengthen and facilitate the students’ language development. We have focused on how students orally formulate themselves when describing observations, hypotheses, and explanations of certain scientific experiments on the properties of air. An important starting point has been that students’ successive development of a subject-specific language is crucial for their conceptual development and understanding. The analyses of the dialogues have made it possible to study how individual students gradually develop their way of expressing themselves by taking over others’ expressions and word choices and making their own. The analysis also shows that these dialogical situations are crucial for all students to develop their language use in science, primarily through probing a more precise way of expressing themselves and putting their scientific ideas and thoughts into words. An important conclusion is that students should be offered opportunities and space to develop their subject language register in science and that this is important for all students, but crucial for those for whom the language of instruction is a second language

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cyprus: Bastas, 2023
subject language, multilingual students, small-group interactions in science education
National Category
Research subject
Science education
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-55540 (URN)10.30935/scimath/12568 (DOI)2-s2.0-85153621371 (Scopus ID)
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2022-10-31 Created: 2022-10-31 Last updated: 2023-08-24Bibliographically approved
Co-InvestigatorJakobsson, Anders
Co-InvestigatorKouns, Maria
National Category
DidacticsLanguages and Literature
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