ERIC Number: ED470674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Designing Learning through Learning To Design.
Girod, Mark; Mishra, Punya
This paper emerged from a conversation between a high school science teacher and a university researcher as they found common ground in the theory and experiences of designing transformative learning experiences. The teacher describes an instructional unit in which students designed a complex, interactive display showing what life may have been like during the Mesozoic Era. The researcher and the teacher illuminate elements of design within the activity offering explanation for the power and effectiveness of the pedagogical activity. The paper looks at learning and design as a transformative process of acting on and being acted on by the world that goes beyond pure cognition. Through the production of a communicative artifact, design allows students to experience the power and beauty of ideas (connecting science, aesthetics, and inquiry) within a community of learners. (Contains 29 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).