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Title: Fixedness and Growth at Individual and Collective Levels in Knowledge Building Communities
Authors: Kashi, Shiri
Hod, Yotam
Keywords: Learning and Identity
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Kashi, S. & Hod, Y. (2020). Fixedness and Growth at Individual and Collective Levels in Knowledge Building Communities. 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. 90-97). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Fast-moving changes to society as part of the digital age are posing new educational challenges that include developing students who are flexible, adaptive, and growth-oriented. Knowledge building communities (KBCs) are a growth-promoting pedagogy, suitable to address these challenges. Yet, developing students’ identities as knowledge builders remains undertheorized. In this study, we rise above existing frameworks of fixedness and fluidity to elucidate how students and communities develop growth orientations. Using a grounded theoretical approach, we examined a KBC of graduate students, coding 324 relevant utterances that were expressed by the 18 students over the course of a semester. This resulted in a five-category model of fixedness and growth in KBCs that was then used to describe the overall development of the community as well as the transformation of one student. This study advances both theoretical and practical ideas about how to prepare students for life in the rapidly-changing world.
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