ERIC Number: EJ1039931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Space: The Final Frontier in the Learning of Science?
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v9 n1 p133-139 Mar 2014
In "Space", relations, and the learning of science", Wolff-Michael Roth and Pei-Ling Hsu use ethnomethodology to explore high school interns learning shopwork and shoptalk in a research lab that is located in a world class facility for water quality analysis. Using interaction analysis they identify how spaces, like a research laboratory, can be structured as smart spaces to create a workflow (learning flow) so that shoptalk and shopwork can projectively organize the actions of interns even in new and unfamiliar settings. Using these findings they explore implications for the design of curriculum and learning spaces more broadly. The Forum papers of Erica Blatt and Cassie Quigley complement this analysis. Blatt expands the discussion on space as an active component of learning with an examination of teaching settings, beyond laboratory spaces, as active participants of education. Quigley examines smart spaces as "authentic learning" spaces while acknowledging how internship experiences all empirical elements of authentic learning including open-ended inquiry and empowerment. In this paper I synthesize these ideas and propose that a narrative structure might better support workflow, student agency and democratic decision making.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Ethnography, High School Students, Laboratories, Water Quality, Interaction, Space Utilization, Internship Programs, Curriculum Design, Inquiry, Democratic Values, Participative Decision Making, Secondary School Science
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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