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ERIC Number: ED352610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec-2
Pages: 18
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Sharing the Ownership of Knowing: A Constructivist Concept of Motivation for Literacy Learning.
Oldfather, Penny
"Sharing the ownership of knowing" (a constructivist concept of motivation for literacy learning) is a dynamic classroom interaction in which a teacher's constructivist epistemological stance facilitates students' sense of their own construction of meaning and the integrity of their own thinking. Sharing the ownership of knowing was one of several interactive processes identified within the classroom of a constructivist teacher who was the subject of a qualitative study of student motivation. The study was initiated in a small academic community in a southern California school. As a participant-observer, the author of the study shared the thinking and experience of 31 students in a student-centered whole language fifth- and sixth-grade classroom. After analyzing the data, the participant-observer identified connections between self-expression, constructivism, and epistemological empowerment. The concept of epistemological empowerment is a dimension of students' motivation for literacy learning that may be present in social constructivist classrooms as the teacher shares the ownership of knowing. Those who are epistemologically empowered may become more engaged as literacy learners when they become aware of their own construction of meaning. (Nineteen references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California