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ERIC Number: ED454178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-12
Pages: 49
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Intentional Learners, Cooperative Knowledge Building, and Classroom Inventions.
Messina, Richard
This paper describes how a fourth grade class at a Canadian laboratory school used an approach to knowledge building that had students participating as intentional learners as they specialized in interest groups for their study of light. It examines how, later in the year, the goal of building collective knowledge became the focus for this group of knowledge builders. The paper looks at the various inventions and design principles that were used to facilitate this transition. In particular, it analyzes the utility of one database invention, the Light Learnings view, which was designed to aid in the sharing of the specialized knowledge across the research groups. Data come from pre- and post-tests of the concepts of light, ratings of students' portfolio notes about their understanding of light (before and after the introduction of the Light Learnings view), and information from the Analytical Tool Kit. This paper examines the transition that took place as the class moved from intentional learners to a knowledge building community that used the Knowledge Forum software and other classroom processes to successfully build knowledge about the curriculum area of light. Appendixes include: "Illuminating Shakespeare" figure, ATK Results, a "Light" Survey, "Images" and "Sources of Light" figures, "Light Learnings" figure, and student samples of pre- and post-Light Learnings view "My Understanding of Light Portfolio Notes." (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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