Teaching Teachers: The Language of Science in the Reading and Writing of Student Scientists

by: Carol Donovan and Julianne Coleman

This column enhances the repertoire of preservice and inservice teachers. This article serves as an introduction to the different genres used in the work of doing science. The authors offer information about each and examples of how they differ in purpose and language features across several topics so teachers can do more to support their young scientists’ reasoning as they read, write, and talk about scientific phenomena.

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General Science Interdisciplinary Literacy Pedagogy Professional Learning Teaching Strategies


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 8/1/2018Stock # sc18_056_01_62Volume 056Issue 01

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