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Title: Hybrid Modeling in 6th Grade STEM: Seeds of Convergence Research
Authors: Pierson, Ashlyn
Brady, Corey
Clark, Douglas
Sengupta, Pratim
Keywords: Learning and Identity
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Pierson, A., Brady, C., Clark, D., & Sengupta, P. (2020). Hybrid Modeling in 6th Grade STEM: Seeds of Convergence Research. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 1 (pp. 19-26). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The NSF has identified a need for convergence research that blends practices and perspectives from different scientific disciplines (NSF, 2019b). Studies of professional science describe convergence research at the frontiers of emerging disciplines (e.g., Chandrasekharan & Nersessian, 2017; Fox Keller, 2003). These fields address problems that demand hybrid representations, which materially integrate multiple models to compose model systems, offering perspectives on large complex systems. We argue that habits-of-mind that support hybridization exist not only in professional labs but also in classrooms; we demonstrate that 6th grade students recognize the need for hybrid model systems to explain complex phenomena. Like researchers, students justify the need for hybrid models in relation to sometimes-conflicting commitments and constraints. In this context, we find that students hybridize models narratively and rhetorically, a resource for convergence thinking and a precursor to material hybridization.
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