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ERIC Number: EJ1039924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1556-1607
Multi-Player Epistemic Games: Guiding the Enactment of Classroom Knowledge-Building Communities
Bielaczyc, Katerine; Ow, John
International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, v9 n1 p33-62 Mar 2014
Teachers and students face many challenges in shifting from traditional classroom cultures to enacting the "Knowledge-Building Communities" model (KBC model) supported by the CSCL environment, "Knowledge Forum" (Bereiter, 2002; Bereiter & Scardamalia, 1993; Scardamalia, 2002; Scardamalia & Bereiter, 2006). Enacting the model involves socializing students into knowledge work, similar to disciplinary communities. A useful construct in the field of the Learning Sciences for understanding knowledge work is "epistemic games" (Collins & Ferguson, 1993; Morrison & Collins 1995; Perkins, 1997). We propose that a powerful means for supporting classroom enactments of the KBC model entails conceptualizing Knowledge Forum as a collective space for playing "multi-player epistemic games". Participation in knowledge-building communities is then scaffolded through learning the moves of such games. We have designed scaffolding tools that highlight particular knowledge-building moves for practice and reflection as a means of supporting students and teachers in coming to understand how to collectively work together toward the progressive improvement of ideas. In order to examine our design theories in practice, we present research on "Ideas First", a design-based research program involving enactments of the KBC model in Singaporean primary science classrooms (Bielaczyc & Ow, 2007, 2010; Ow & Bielaczyc, 2007; 2008).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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