Australian Research Council Linkage Project:
Multiliteracies for addressing disadvantage in senior school science
Research Team: Professor Len Unsworth; Professor Russell Tytler; Associate Professor Kay O’Halloran; Dr Sally Humphrey; Professor Kristina Love; Ms Anne Lynzaat; Mrs Sarah Moss-Holland; Ms Emmaleen Oakley; Mr Robert Dullard
Summary: This project aims to develop discipline-specific pedagogies in senior physics, chemistry and biology to improve disadvantaged students’ engagement and achievement. Many students from disadvantaged backgrounds fail to develop the linguistic precision and symbolic representational dexterity needed to comprehend and communicate senior school science concepts. These pedagogies will ‘infuse’ multiliteracies in senior school science to improve access to science-based pathways for these students, and enable them to understand progressively more complex scientific concepts and demonstrate this in examinations. This project is expected to improve student retention, arrest declining enrolments in senior school science, and increase young people working in science.