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Title: Student Epistemic Agency and Coherence-seeking through Laboratory Experiments
Authors: Hardy, Lisa
Dixon, Colin
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: Jun-2021
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Hardy, L. & Dixon, C. (2021). Student Epistemic Agency and Coherence-seeking through Laboratory Experiments. In de Vries, E., Hod, Y., & Ahn, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2021. (pp. 689-692). Bochum, Germany: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Overly simplistic school science laboratories constrain student agency. We share and discuss a case from 9th grade science classroom in which students all conducted highly varied independent investigations that were each highly coherent and scientifically well-motivated. We discuss the conditions that led to their experiments in terms of instability and uncertainty. Our findings suggest that it may be beneficial to support and recognize multiple forms of uncertainty simultaneously to encourage multiple forms of investigation to respond to those uncertainties. Finally, an “instability” caused by having multiple candidate models or explanations in play may be more generative than uncertainties based on gaps in knowledge.
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