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ERIC Number: ED453207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-12
Pages: 36
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The Knowledge Building Lab School: Principles to Practice.
Reeve, Richard
This paper presents common design features of 4 elementary laboratory school classes implementing knowledge building over 1 year. It also explains that the specification and improvement of educational innovations, embedded in the design experiments methodology, is the kind of practice-based research laboratory schools should use in order to make contributions to educational reform. The paper describes the first year of a 3-year study on the support of new knowledge building schools and the development of a set of norms for successful knowledge building. During the first year, the focus was on establishing successful knowledge building communities in each classroom and recording the features of these classrooms and how they related to the underlying principles of knowledge building. Descriptive data are drawn from the Knowledge Forum databases, teacher journals, and researcher observations. The design experiments methodology is proposed for study years 2 and 3, during which time researchers can study iterative improvements being made in these classrooms as related to first year observations. The suitability of the design experiments methodology to the laboratory school environment and the laboratory school environment to the specification and improvement of educational innovations is discussed, along with use of videotape recordings to communicate these design specifications. (Contains 48 references.)(SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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