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Title: Epistemological perturbations: Using material artifacts to cultivate a knowledge building culture in classrooms
Authors: Ow, John
Bielaczyc, and Katerine
Issue Date: Jul-2007
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.
Citation: Ow, J. & Bielaczyc, a. (2007). Epistemological perturbations: Using material artifacts to cultivate a knowledge building culture in classrooms. In Chinn, C. A., Erkens, G., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2007, Volume 8, Part 2 (pp. 579-581). New Brunswick, NJ, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The realization of the pedagogic affordances of many CSCL tools require a social infrastructure quite different from that found in traditional classrooms using "instructionist" teaching and learning practices. We are interested in ways to support teachers and students in making the necessary shift in cultural beliefs and classroom practices in order to integrate such CSCL tools --- a change trajectory that we term the "implementation path" (Bielaczyc & Collins, 2006). In the present paper we discuss a research project focused on integrating Knowledge Forum (Scardamalia, 2004) into the science curriculum of nine Primary 3 and 4 classrooms in a Singaporean school. We investigate the use of material artifacts and offline practices in providing a transition mechanism from traditional classrooms toward creating a knowledge building culture. We are particularly interested in how such artifacts and practices lead to "epistemological perturbations" in teacher's conceptions of teaching and learning.
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