The universe looks like a soccer ball, does it?

Development of scientific text competence of pupils in multilingual classes by metatextual discourses to unsolved questions of science

Meta-textual competence is the ability to analyze, assess and re-interpret texts. It is an important prerequisite for the development of scientific literacy and is thus a key qualification for the successful compilation of a pre-scientific work (VWA). In the presented project, the focus is on how to promote the metatextual competence of high school pupils.

Four classes from two Graz schools participate in the research project. In the course of dealing with unresolved issues of science (for example, "Why do Zebras strip?"), Pupils and pupils in groups read and produce both their own and foreign scientific texts. They also draw up their discussions, in which they judge texts, themselves and analyze these conversations on a meta-level. The aim is the formation of metatextual competence within the framework of a three-step didactic setting, which takes up the existing metatextual practices of the pupils and enriches them with tried and tested concepts for the promotion of scientific writing. In addition, the young people participating in the project can apply for a total of eight research fellowships at the University of Graz. The winners of this call for tenders will participate in a deepening text and conversation analysis as part of a multi-week internship during the summer holidays of 2018. From established scientists, the scholarship holders learn the fundamentals of scientific work and then apply them themselves under guidance. They then pass on their expertise to their classmates as multipliers and so-called "VWA coaches" in their schools.