Research Seminar 3 May 2017, 13.00-14.00, ED.2.01 Title: Using fictional storybooks to develop questioning a scientific problem and working scientifically
Cass School of Education and Communities
3 May 2017, 13.00-14.00, ED.2.01
Title: Using fictional storybooks to develop questioning a scientific problem and working scientifically
Seminar speaker: Catherine Bruguiere, Lecturer, Lyon University and Marie Curie Fellowship at UCL
Catherine Bruguiere : Lecturer at Lyon University, France and currently Marie-Sklodowska Curie fellow at UCL, U-K (February 2016-July 2017) with Sue Dale Tunnicliffe as supervisor. Researcher in biology education and teacher in training primary teachers since 15 years at Lyon University.
Abstract : While many researchers have pointed out the benefits of using children’s literature in the science classroom, other researchers express concern about the use of storybooks in the science classroom because these tales are often anthropomorphic or disseminate misunderstandings of scientific concepts. But in the context of an increasing impact of fictional storybooks on children’s representation or interpretation of the world, it seems essential to understand to what extend such literature could offer a way to develop scientific skills among the young pupils. We defend the position that there might be a productive convergence between the reading of certain fictional narratives and the construction by learners of a scientific problem.
In this talk we will present different fictional storybooks, that we called ‘realistic fiction’ because their narrative places, at the core of the plot, scientific topics. We consider three questions: Why learn science with picture books in primary school? What sort of learning potentials are offered by ‘realistic fiction’ books? How could teachers use realistic fiction in the science classroom? Our presentation will be based on different examples of ‘realistic fiction’ picture books and will report on the results of studies we carried out in French and English primary schools (from 4 to 11 years).
Bruguière, C., & Triquet, E. (2014). ‘Realistic-Fiction Storybooks’ as a Resource for Problematic Questioning of Living Being with Pupils in Primary School. In C. Bruguiere, A. Tiberghien et P. Clément (Eds), Topics and trends in current science education. 9th ESERA Conference Selected Contributions. Contributions from Science Education Research, 1 (pp.505-518). New-York : Springer.
Bruguiere, C. (2015). When is a cow not a cow? When 6-8 year children draw a cow described in a story by another animal. JES, 23-33.
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