Catering for the language needs of diverse first year science students

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

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Abstract

One of the emerging issues in science teaching is the changing nature and diversity of students. This Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) funded project commenced in late 2007 to address the language needs of a diverse student body by investigating and testing strategic approaches to learning and teaching in First Year sciences. This project was concerned with the acquisition of language specific to science and the implicit teaching of meta-cognitive skills required in science. Eight strategies were employed in three disciplines in five universities and positive outcomes were obtained across the board. Students’ perception of lecturers’ teaching ability improved. The project sustained student learning through affecting lecturer expertise in using language strategies, and is an achievable model for professional development
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings: 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2010: Aspiration Access Achievement
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
PublisherQUT Publications
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781741072822
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2010 (FYHE) - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 27 Jun 201030 Jun 2010

Conference

Conference13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2010 (FYHE)
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period27/06/1030/06/10

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Zhang, F., Lidbury, B., Schulte, J., Bridgeman, A., Yates, B., & Rodger, J. (2010). Catering for the language needs of diverse first year science students. In Conference Proceedings: 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2010: Aspiration Access Achievement (pp. 1-10). Brisbane, Australia: QUT Publications.