Cognitive demands of science curricula: a case study of alignment between intention and practice

Johnson, Claudia E. (2023) Cognitive demands of science curricula: a case study of alignment between intention and practice. PhD thesis, James Cook University.

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Claudia Johnson studied the cognitive demands of science curricula in high school. She found that classroom teaching overemphasised retrieval and analysis of knowledge, while underemphasising comprehension and knowledge utilisation when compared to curriculum intentions. Findings can inform teacher education aimed at increasing students' higher-order thinking and their engagement with science.

Item ID: 81320
Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: science curricula, high school, cognitive demands, classroom teaching, curriculum intentions
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Copyright Information: Copyright © 2023 Claudia E. Johnson
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Three publications arising from this thesis are stored in ResearchOnline@JCU, at the time of processing. Please see the Related URLs. The publications are:

Johnson, Claudia E., and Boon, Helen J. (2023) Identifying and Challenging the Narrow Cognitive Demands of Science Textbooks. In: Thomas, Gregory P., and Boon, Helen J., (eds.) Challenges in Science Education: Global Perspectives for the Future. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 279-303

Johnson, Claudia, Boon, Helen, and Dinan Thompson, Maree (2022) Cognitive demands of the reformed Queensland physics, chemistry and biology syllabus: an analysis framed by the New Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Research in Science Education, 52. pp. 1603-1622

Johnson, Claudia Elisabeth, Boon, Helen J., and Dinan Thompson, Maree (2020) Curriculum alignment after reforms: a systematic review with considerations for Queensland pre- and in-service teachers. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45 (11). 3

Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2023 00:28
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy @ 40%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390306 Secondary education @ 30%
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390409 Learning sciences @ 30%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160105 Secondary education @ 30%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160301 Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum @ 40%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280109 Expanding knowledge in education @ 30%
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