Encyclopedia of Science Education

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| Editors: Richard Gunstone

Teaching and Learning Sequences

  • Dimitris Psillos
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_180-2

In science education one notable line of inquiry, aspects of which date back to the 1980s, involves the design, implementation, and validation of short, topic-oriented sequences for science teaching in several subject areas, including, optics, motion, heat, electricity, structure of matter, fluids, respiration, and photosynthesis. This work falls within a science education research didactical tradition in which teaching and learning of conceptually rich topics are investigated at micro (e.g., single session) or medium (e.g., a few weeks) level rather than at the macro level of a whole curriculum (1 or more years). Although various terms have been employed in the past, the term teaching-learning sequence (TLS) is now widely used to denote the close linkage between proposed teaching and expected student learning as a distinguishing feature of such research-inspired subject-oriented sequences. A TLS is both an interventional research activity and a product, usually lasting a few weeks,...


Science Education Research Grand Theory Social Language Knowledge Distance Social Constructivist View 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Primary EducationAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece