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ERIC Number: ED369484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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What Have You Learned? Co-Constructing the Meaning of Time.
Wells, Gordon; Chang-Wells, Gen Ling
A discussion about the meaning of time that took place in a combined grade 3 and 4 classroom in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is described and analyzed. The paper begins by explaining how a failed classroom demonstration of a water clock resulted in an animated class discussion that led to the successful redesign of the clock. Next, recent work in sociocultural theory is reviewed as it applies to learning and teaching. After the school and classroom context are described, the discussion about the meaning of time is summarized and analyzed. The discussion was to serve as an occasion for the children and their teacher to make connections between the various activities in which they had engaged and the artifacts of various kinds that had mediated their practical study. It began with the teacher inviting the students to think about what they had learned during the preceding 5 weeks. The invitation led to discussions of the need for a standard, accurate measure of time; scientific processes; units of time; work with pendulums; sources of power for clocks; bases for units of time in the earth's movements; and time zones. Short excerpts from the discussion are presented. The role of teachers in the co-construction of knowledge is discussed next, followed by concluding comments about the themes and findings of the analysis. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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