Science

Jun 012012
 

Author: Fernando Díaz del Castillo

Students in various courses worked with KF and KB, and we are particularly proud of the advances made by seventh graders in Biology class. They studied in-vitro fertilization. We attempted to find differences between two groups of students: one of the groups followed a traditional methodology, where the teacher guided the activities and lectured about the topic (control group). Continue reading »

Jun 012012
 

Author: Glenn Wagner

Grade 12 Students at Centre Wellington District High School (Fergus, ON) completed a knowledge building cycle using Knowledge Forum in the domain of modern physics. A successful knowledge building classroom should ideally adhere to the twelve principles of knowledge building as developed by Scardamalia (20XX). Continue reading »

Jun 012012
 

Authors: Mohamed Insani, Marie Quek Li Sze, & Katerine Bielaczyc

We have been collaborating as teachers and researchers on a new approach to teaching science in Singapore primary schools. Ideas First is a two-year science program that has been operating in sixteen Primary 3 (grade 3) and Primary 4 (grade 4) classrooms since 2006 (Bielaczyc & Ow, 2007; Ow & Bielaczyc, 2007; 2008). Continue reading »

Jun 012012
 

Authors: Donald Neil Philip & Danielle Truswell

Following Nagel et al. (2009), we introduce the concept of the Reply Ratio–the number of replies (build-ons) divided by the number of original posts (new notes.) Extending this work, we introduce the Build-On-to-Note Reading Ratio (number of build-ons divided by the number of notes read,) and the Disproportion Ratio, an evenness parameter that is the ratio of the highest number of contributions divided by the lowest number of contributions for a given knowledge building activity. Continue reading »

Jun 012012
 

Author: Debra Sibbald

This study investigates the potential for Knowledge Building in large size Pharmacy classrooms. Knowledge Building is the social creation and continual improvement of ideas (Scardamalia & Bereiter, 2003). The pedagogy and technology that underlie it are based on a complex system involving 12 interdependent principles. Continue reading »