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Title: Developing Productive Discourse among Low Achievers in a Knowledge Building Environment
Authors: Tong, Yuyao
Chan, Carol
van Aalst, Jan
Issue Date: Jul-2018
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc. [ISLS].
Citation: Tong, Y., Chan, C., & van Aalst, J. (2018). Developing Productive Discourse among Low Achievers in a Knowledge Building Environment. In Kay, J. and Luckin, R. (Eds.) Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count, 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018, Volume 2. London, UK: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This study investigates how an understanding of and engagement with productive discourse can be developed among low-achieving students in a knowledge building (KB) environment supported by Knowledge ForumĀ®(KF). Participants were two classes of 9th Grade students in a Hong Kong secondary school. The design involves students engaging in productive discourse, talking about what constitute good discussion, and explicit reflection on their discourse using KB principles. Quantitative analysis shows that students improved more on their understanding of discourse than comparison student and engaged in discourse that become more productive over time. Qualitative analyses reveal how the low-achieving students engage in the classroom meta-talk to deepen their understanding of progressive views of discourse and knowledge building.
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