This book is about the fundamental nature of talk in school science. Wolff-Michael Roth articulates a view of language that differs from the way science educators generally think about it. While writing science is one aspect of language in science, talking science may in fact constitute a much more important means by which we navigate and know the world-the very medium through which we do science.
Wolff-Michael Roth is Lansdowne Professor, Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Taking Position and Orienting in the World Chapter 3 Coevolution of World and Language Chapter 4 Contingency of Explanations Chapter 5 Public Language, Private Talk Chapter 6 Teaching: Mediating Access to World and Language Chapter 7 Adopting New Ways of Talking: A Question of Origin and Control? Chapter 8 Mediation of Language: Space, Physical Orientation, and Group Size Chapter 9 Epilogue: Language and Science