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Title: Epistemic Games With Emergent Systems Microworlds
Authors: Dabholkar, Sugat
Wilensky, Uri
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Dabholkar, S. & Wilensky, U. (2022). Epistemic games with emergent systems microworlds. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 480-487). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This paper is about designing learning environments that support students’ epistemically agentic participation in a science classroom. We use Collins and Ferguson’s idea of epistemic games to investigate students’ participation and learning with an Emergent Systems Microworld (ESM)-based learning environment. ESMs are computational models that are designed using agent-based representations and constructionist design principles. Qualitative analysis of student responses to embedded curricular questions reveals different epistemic games they engaged in using the ESM. An in-depth analysis of an epistemic game demonstrates how agent-based representations supported student investigations of a phenomenon related to natural selection. The findings illustrate how ESM-based learning environments can support students’ agentic participation in epistemic games to make sense of emergent phenomena.
Description: Long Paper
Appears in Collections:ISLS Annual Meeting 2022

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