Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

Research has shown the importance of discourse in developing deep understandings of science concepts. Science students need to participate in science discourse in which they use social language to facilitate the cultural traditions that constitute a scientific community. When social languages are joined with activities, tools, and values of a group, they become what Gee (2001) calls Discourse (with a capital “D”). We examine high school students’ participation in the cultural tradition, practices of science community, and students’ Discourse enactment of Discourse in an afterschool robotics club. Using Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), we analyzed video recordings of discourse, semi-structured interviews, and researcher field note to examine participants’ use of language.

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