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). This work will show how the twelve principles were used to create a survey employing a Likert scale that was administered to the students after the completion of an electronic portfolio of their work. The goal was to determine whether knowledge building along the lines outlined by the twelve knowledge building principles actually occurred and the degree of occurrence. This survey tool can inform teachers using knowledge building in their classrooms the degree to which knowledge building is taking place and to provide feedback on any one of the principles. Based on this feedback teachers can then improve the quality of the knowledge building process in subsequent classes.