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Title: Managing affect in learners' questions in undergraduate science
Authors: Pedrosa-de-Jesus, H
Watts, DM
Keywords: Inquiry-based learning;Learning and teaching;Questioning;Science teaching;Student-to-tutor dialogue
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Studies in Higher Education, 39(1), 102 - 116, 2014
Abstract: This article aims to position students' classroom questioning within the literature surrounding affect and its impact on learning. The article consists of two main sections. First, the act of questioning is discussed in order to highlight how affect shapes the process of questioning, and a four-part genesis to question-asking that we call CARE is described: the construction, asking, reception and evaluation of a learner's question. This work is contextualised through studies in science education and through our work with university students in undergraduate chemistry, although conducted in the firm belief that it has more general application. The second section focuses on teaching strategies to encourage and manage learners' questions, based here upon the conviction that university students in this case learn through questioning, and that an inquiry-based environment promotes better learning than a simple ‘transmission’ setting. Seven teaching strategies developed from the authors' work are described, where university teachers ‘scaffold’ learning through supporting learners' questions, and working with these to structure and organise the content and the shape of their teaching. The article concludes with a summary of the main issues, highlighting the impact of the affective dimension of learning through questioning, and a discussion of the implications for future research.
Description: This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published article is available from the link below. Copyright @ 2012 Society for Research into Higher Education.
ISSN: 0307-5079
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Dept of Education Research Papers

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