Promoting 5th graders' views of science and scientific inquiry in an epistemic-enriched knowledge-building environment

Feng Lin, Carol K.K. Chan, Jan Van Aalst

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Abstract

This paper reports on an ongoing study that examined the design of a knowledge-building environment that integrates knowledge building and epistemic change theories in fostering conceptual and epistemic growth. The study uses a quasi-experimental design in which four classes of 5th graders in Hong Kong participated in a unit focusing on electricity. The intervention involved students' collective inquiry and, epistemic reflection on what science is about; students used Knowledge Forum® to collaboratively work on pursuing ideas; and students reflected on scientific progress with their own knowledge building inquiry. A scheme was developed in assessing students' views of science; and results showed significantly stronger effects for the knowledge-building group compared with the regular inquiry group on epistemic and conceptual learning. Regression analysis showed that students' forum engagement and epistemic views contributed to their posttest conceptual understanding over and above prior science knowledge. Qualitative analysis suggested how students' experience in knowledge building might shape students' understanding about the nature of science and improve their conceptual understanding.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS. Volume 1
Pages126-133
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2014 - Boulder, United States
Duration: 23 Jun 201427 Jun 2014
Conference number: 11

Conference

Conference11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2014
Abbreviated titleICLS
CountryUnited States
CityBoulder
Period23/06/1427/06/14

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    Lin, F., Chan, C. K. K., & Van Aalst, J. (2014). Promoting 5th graders' views of science and scientific inquiry in an epistemic-enriched knowledge-building environment. In Proceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS. Volume 1 (pp. 126-133)