Using Multimodal Representations to Support Learning in the Science Classroom

  • Brian Hand
  • Mark McDermott
  • Vaughan Prain

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Vaughan Prain, Brian Hand
    Pages 1-10
  3. Sakari Tolppanen, Toni Rantaniitty, Maija Aksela
    Pages 39-57
  4. Deborah L. Linebarger, Lori Norton-Meier
    Pages 97-116
  5. Kok-Sing (Kenneth) Tang, Caroline Ho, Gde Buana Sandila Putra
    Pages 135-158
  6. Russell Tytler, Peter Hubber
    Pages 159-181
  7. Mark McDermott
    Pages 235-250

About this book


This book provides an international perspective of current work aimed at both clarifying the theoretical foundations for the use of multimodal representations as a part of effective science education pedagogy and the pragmatic application of research findings to actual classroom settings.  Intended for a wide ranging audience from science education faculty members and researchers to classroom teachers, school administrators, and curriculum developers, the studies reported in this book can inform best practices in K – 12 classrooms of all science disciplines and provide models of how to improve science literacy for all students.  Specific descriptions of classroom activities aimed at helping infuses the use of multimodal representations in classrooms are combined with discussion of the impact on student learning.  Overarching findings from a synthesis of the various studies are presented to help assert appropriate pedagogical and instructional implications as well as to suggest further avenues of research.


Multimodal communication competencies Multimodal representations Multimodal writing Multiple representations Representationally rich learning environments Science classrooms Science education Science learning Science literacy Science representation construction Student critical thinking Student engagement with representations Student use of representations

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian Hand
    • 1
  • Mark McDermott
    • 2
  • Vaughan Prain
    • 3
  1. 1.University of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.University of IowaIowa CityUSA
  3. 3.La Trobe UniversityBendigoAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-16449-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-16450-2
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