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ERIC Number: EJ1178598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1499-6677
Learning with Multiple Representations: Infographics as Cognitive Tools for Authentic Learning in Science Literacy
Gebre, Engida
Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, v44 n1 Win 2018
This paper presents a descriptive case study where infographics--visual representation of data and ideas--have been used as cognitive tools to facilitate learning with multiple representations in the context of secondary school students' science news reporting. Despite the complementary nature of the two research foci, studies on cognitive tools and multiple representations have evolved independently. This is because research on cognitive tools has narrowly focused on technological artifacts and their "impact" on learning outcomes with less attention to learner agency and activity structures. This has created challenges of sustainably applying cognitive tools in classroom teaching and learning. Using data from a design-based research project where secondary school students created authentic infographic-based science news reports, this study demonstrates how infographics can serve as process-oriented cognitive tools for learning and instruction of science literacy in classroom contexts. Results have implications for the study and design of learning environments involving representations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: IIS1217052; IIS1441561