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Title: Promoting Elementary Students’ Social Studies Understanding Through Computer-Supported Knowledge Building Discourse
Authors: Zhang, Xiaojie
Zhao, Jianhua
Feng, Xueqi
Keywords: CSCL
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Zhang, X., Zhao, J., & Feng, X. (2022). Promoting elementary students’ social studies understanding through computer-supported knowledge building discourse. In Weinberger, A. Chen, W., Hernández-Leo, D., & Chen, B. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning - CSCL 2022 (pp. 479-482). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This study investigated a designed Knowledge Building (KB) environment for productive inquiry in the social studies domain. Fifty grade 5 students in a primary school in China participated in the collective inquiry into The History and Evolution of Chinese Characters. Combining KB theory and principles, we built a three-phase learning design of Ideation - Theory Building - Reflection (ITBR) to support the inquiry. Quantitative results suggest the role of the designed KB environment in promoting collaborative interaction and the depth of discourse. The qualitative analysis identifies dynamic themes for engaging students in productive KB discourse. This study sheds light on how KB can be developed in the non-science domain using the ITBR design to enrich sustained collective inquiry.
Description: Short Paper
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