A principle-based approach to knowledge building: Processes, challenges, and implications

Jianwei Zhang*, Marlene Scardamalia, Carol Chan, Jan Van Aalst, Yuen Han Fung, Hidy Tse, Elizabeth Morley, Richard Messina, Janet Kolodner

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Abstract

Collaborative and inquiry-based learning programs vary in the degree of prescription and specification along a continuum from procedure- to principle-based approaches. This symposium will engage researchers and practitioners in a dialogue about these approaches and analyze the enactment of Knowledge Building (Scardamalia & Bereiter, 2006) as a principle-based innovation in two specific contexts: a Canadian elementary school and a teacher network in Hong Kong. Each case will be first analyzed by researchers drawing on rich data collection and, then, reflected upon by practitioners from these two sites (i.e. teachers and principal), followed by questions and comments from symposium participants. Analyzing and discussing these two cases from both researchers' and practitioners' perspectives will help elaborate the possibility, benefits, processes, conditions, and challenges of principle-based innovation in comparison with procedure-based practices and designs. Implications of principle-based innovation to CSCL research and practice will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConnecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationCSCL 2011 Conf. Proc. - Community Events Proceedings, 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conf.
Pages1053-1058
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL 2011: Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice - University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 4 Jul 20118 Jul 2011
Conference number: 9
https://www.isls.org/cscl2011/

Conference

Conference9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL 2011
Abbreviated titleCSCL
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period4/07/118/07/11
Internet address

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    Zhang, J., Scardamalia, M., Chan, C., Van Aalst, J., Fung, Y. H., Tse, H., ... Kolodner, J. (2011). A principle-based approach to knowledge building: Processes, challenges, and implications. In Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice: CSCL 2011 Conf. Proc. - Community Events Proceedings, 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conf. (pp. 1053-1058)