A cross-disciplinary approach to language support for first year students in the science discipline

Felicia Zhang, Brett Lidbury, John Rodger, Brian Yates, Adam Bridgeman, Jurgen Schulte

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    Abstract

    A key goal of the study entitled ‘A cross-disciplinary approach to language support for first year students in the science disciplines’, funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, is to examine the role of language in the learning of science by first-year university students. The disciplines involved are Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This national project also aims to transfer active learning skills, which are widely used in language teaching, to the teaching of science in first year. The paper discusses the background to the study and reports preliminary results on the language difficulties faced by first year science student cohorts from data collected in 2008 as well as qualitative data was also collected on 2008 students’ attitudes towards online science learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages1-11
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventThe Student Experience HERDSA 2009 - Darwin, Australia
    Duration: 6 Jul 20099 Jul 2009

    Conference

    ConferenceThe Student Experience HERDSA 2009
    CountryAustralia
    CityDarwin
    Period6/07/099/07/09

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    Zhang, F., Lidbury, B., Rodger, J., Yates, B., Bridgeman, A., & Schulte, J. (2009). A cross-disciplinary approach to language support for first year students in the science discipline. 1-11. Paper presented at The Student Experience HERDSA 2009, Darwin, Australia.