Encyclopedia of Science Education

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Discourse in Science Learning

  • Gregory J. Kelly
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_107-3


Discourse Practices and Science Learning

Discourse is the use of language in context. In each instance of use, discourse is constructed among people in some context, with some history, projections of future actions, and ideological commitments. As discourse entails more than the ideational communication, the broader contexts of social groups, cultural practices, and interpersonal goals need to be taken into consideration when deciphering meaning in interactional contexts. Social norms, expectations, and practices are constructed through discourse processes and, in turn, shape ways that discourse is evoked in each instance, thus instantiating the symbiotic relationship of discourse and sociocultural practices.

Discourse is central to the ways communities collectively construct norms and expectations, define common knowledge for the group, build affiliation, frame knowledge made available, provide access to...


Science Education Science Teacher Discourse Analysis Scientific Practice Scientific Discourse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of EducationPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA