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ERIC Number: EJ1049121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1962
Proposing an Educational Scaling-and-Diffusion Model for Inquiry-Based Learning Designs
Hung, David; Lee, Shu-Shing
Educational Technology, v55 n1 p27-33 Jan-Feb 2015
Education cannot adopt the linear model of scaling used by the medical sciences. "Gold standards" cannot be replicated without considering process-in-learning, diversity, and student-variedness in classrooms. This article proposes a nuanced model of educational scaling-and-diffusion, describing the scaling (top-down supports) and diffusion efforts (bottom-up innovations from teachers and schools) in Singapore's education landscape. For educational innovations that focus on explicit knowledge, scaling is mechanistic ("roll-outs"), while inquiry-based learning designs are connoted as organic ("diffusion of innovation"). Inquiry-based learning designs focus more on process rather than content dissemination, although content and process are intertwined. Roll-outs are generally sound when disseminating content as products, and in the haste of implementation, we inherently partake in the fallacy that process abilities can likewise be taught as content.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore
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