Embedded phenomena for knowledge communities: Supporting complex practices and interactions within a community of inquiry in the elementary science classroom

Rebecca Cober, Cresencia Fong, Alessandro Gnoli, Brenda López Silva, Michelle Lui, Cheryl Madeira, Colin McCann, Tom Moher, Jim Slotta, Michael Benjamin Tissenbaum

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Abstract

The work presented here is a product of a collaborative effort to develop a knowledge community and inquiry curriculum for elementary science, where students engage in extended investigations of simulated scientific phenomena presumed to occupy the physical space of their classrooms. By their immersive nature, these "embedded phenomena" lend themselves to a collective epistemology, and hence to new forms of learning and instruction that depart from the conventional didactic approach. The symposium centers on the design and enactment of a seven-week elementary school ecosystems unit, WallCology, developed in close collaboration with partner teachers and school administrators during summer and fall of 2011. Six posters highlight different facets of our effort, including descriptions of the immersive environment, the instructional narrative, the inquiry support technologies, the role of aggregate representations, discourse processes, and the classroom experiences of the 37 students and two teachers who participated in the unit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings
Pages64-71
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: Jul 2 2012Jul 6 2012

Publication series

Name10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings
Volume2

Other

Other10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period7/2/127/6/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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