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Title: Redistributing Epistemic Agency: How Teachers Open Up Space for Meaningful Participation in Science
Authors: Ko, Monlin
Krist, Christina
Issue Date: Jul-2018
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc. [ISLS].
Citation: Ko, M. & Krist, C. (2018). Redistributing Epistemic Agency: How Teachers Open Up Space for Meaningful Participation in Science . 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 1. London, UK: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Taking the practice turn (Ford & Forman, 2006) necessarily involves students in making judgements about the state of their knowledge and in making decisions about how their investigations should proceed. In this study, we investigate how teachers open up aspects of their curricular activities and invite students to partner in the epistemic decisions that drive classroom activity. We draw on work in 3 classrooms as instrumental cases to illustrate what teachers did to ‘open up’ the curriculum and how these moves re-distributed epistemic agency. In each of the three cases, what teachers opened up had different implications in terms of their reach: the resulting “ripple effect” of the impact of the decisions that students were involved making. These cases illustrate the “disciplined improvisational” work (Sawyer, 2004) required to open up space within the constraints and boundaries of the curriculum to create opportunities for re-distributing epistemic agency.
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