Apr 232009

explanation button“The real job of science is to produce better explanations -and no matter how they are formulated, explanations are structures of ideas. Everything else is secondary. Myth, common sense, and imagination also produce explanations. Continue reading »

Apr 232009

Ferris WheelThis is a video in which a group of elementary school students are having a discussion about the earth and the ferris wheel.

“…Many educators have had reservations about calling students’ non-canonical beliefs “misconceptions.” (3) They point out that Continue reading »

Apr 222009

adaptationThe starting point for knowledge-building in Knowledge Forum is a view. Figure 4.1 shows a view co-constructed by a Grade 1 teacher, her students, and a teacher-researcher to launch a year-long study of the topics that provincial guidelines specified for Grade 1 science. A view may contain notes or pointers to other views.

Continue reading »