Perspectives: Reading and Science

by: Sandra K. Abell

To become good readers, students need experience in reading for information. Science class is an ideal place for students to develop motivation and strategies for informational reading. Yet with the promotion of hands-on science, many teachers get the message that reading may be inappropriate in science. Nothing could be farther from the truth. According to Norris and Phillips (2003), science could not exist without a written language to record and disseminate ideas in ways that allow them to be tested, elaborated, and sometimes refuted. This article explores the integration of science and reading, and offers research-based methods to make the most of reading in science.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 11/1/2007Stock # sc07_045_03_56Volume 045Issue 03

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