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Title: Balancing Agency and Accountability to Support Learning in Playful, Embodied Science Activities
Authors: Steinberg, Selena
Danish, Joshua
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Steinberg, S. & Danish, J. (2022). Balancing agency and accountability to support learning in playful, embodied science activities. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 1149-1152). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Student agency is important to support in learning environments, as it enables students to control their learning and can lead to new understandings of content. Yet, there are many questions about when and how to hold students accountable for content learning while still fostering their agency. This paper examines data from a first-grade classroom, in which students embodied bees in the STEP (Danish et al., 2020) mixed-reality environment in order to learn about nectar collection and pollination. We analyze the ways in which student agency and accountability interacted in the embodied learning space and led to engagement with science content. We describe patterns in how student agency can support sensemaking as students navigate different sources of accountability and we discuss productive ways to balance agency and accountability in embodied learning environments.
Description: Short Paper
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