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ERIC Number: EJ1134342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1629
Fostering Scientific Understanding and Epistemic Beliefs through Judgments of Promisingness
Chen, Bodong
Educational Technology Research and Development, v65 n2 p255-277 Apr 2017
The evaluation of promisingness is central to knowledge building and knowledge creation but remains largely unexplored. As part of a design-based research program to support promisingness judgments, the present study implemented an intervention in a sixth grade science class, with the goal of exploring the potential of promisingness judgments to foster scientific understanding and epistemic beliefs. Aided by a Promising Ideas Tool and pedagogical supports designed for this intervention, students explored the concept of promisingness, judged the promisingness of their community ideas, and engaged in iterative cycles of idea refinement. Results indicated that students were capable of improving their understanding of promisingness and making promisingness judgments deemed sensible by domain experts. The conceptual understanding and epistemic beliefs displayed by students improved over the course of the intervention, and such improvement happened in tandem with students' understanding of promisingness. The implications of this exploratory study and future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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