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Title: Fostering Sustained Knowledge Building through Metadiscourse Aided by the Idea Thread Mapper
Authors: Zhang, Jianwei
Chen, Mei-Hwa
Tao, Dan
Sun, Yanqing
Lee, Jiyeon
Judson, Darlene
Issue Date: Jul-2015
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc. [ISLS].
Citation: Zhang, J., Chen, M., Tao, D., Sun, Y., Lee, J., & Judson, D. (2015). Fostering Sustained Knowledge Building through Metadiscourse Aided by the Idea Thread Mapper In Lindwall, O., Häkkinen, P., Koschman, T. Tchounikine, P. Ludvigsen, S. (Eds.) (2015). Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015, Volume 1. Gothenburg, Sweden: The International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This study was conducted in two Grade 5/6 classrooms that studied electricity over a three-month period using Knowledge Forum. Classroom A used Idea Thread Mapper (ITM)—a timeline-based collective discourse mapping tool—to engage in ongoing metadiscourse to review collective advances and gaps. Classroom B did not engage in this reflective practice until near the end of the inquiry. The results show that members of class A had more comprehensive and coherent awareness of the various inquiry themes discussed by their community focusing on deep conceptualization of electricity. Informed by the reflective awareness, classroom A also engaged in more active and connected online discourse to address deepening issues and develop coherent explanations across different lines of inquiry.
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