Empowering students as knowledge builders

Jan van Aalst*, Carol K.K. Chan

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We discuss knowledge building in the context of government examinations in Hong Kong, and the need to develop twenty-first-century skills. Following this, we describe two pedagogical designs intended to develop knowledge building in this context: A gradual approach to develop it in four phases - developing a collaborative classroom culture, engaging in inquiry and curriculum adaptation, deepening knowledge-building discourse, and making use of knowledge-building principles and electronic portfolios - and an approach that extends from this to improve integration of the use of a web-based knowledge-building environment and classroom activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransformative Approaches to New Technologies and Student Diversity in Futures Oriented Classrooms
Subtitle of host publicationFuture Proofing Education
EditorsLeonie Rowan, Chris Bigum
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-007-2642-0
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-2641-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Knowledge building
  • Shared goal
  • Pedagogical design
  • Epistemic agency
  • Knowledge forum

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