Apr 242009

link to movieThis video shows a group of grade 5/6 students having a discussion about one of their views in Knowledge Forum. This is what Scardamalia and Bereiter (2008) have to say about this┬ámoment capture in the video: Continue reading »

Apr 232009

link to movie“…One distinctive characteristic of students in knowledge building classrooms reflects epistemological awareness. When asked about the effects of learning, students in regular classrooms tend to say that the more they learn and understand, the less there remains to be learned Continue reading »

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.

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