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Rosenberg, Seth; Hammer, David; Phelan, Jessica – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2006
Research on personal epistemologies (Hofer & Pintrich, 2002) has mostly conceptualized them as stable beliefs or stages of development. On these views, researchers characterize individual students' epistemologies with single, coherent descriptions. Evidence of variability in student epistemologies, however, suggests the need for more complex…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Epistemology, Classroom Communication, Geology
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Resnick, Mitchel; Wilensky, Uri – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 1998
Argues that role-playing activities can be a powerful tool in mathematics and science education, particularly in the new sciences of complexity (i.e., the study of complex systems). Two role-playing activities are described, each designed to help students develop better intuitions on how complex phenomena can arise from simple interactions, and…
Descriptors: Decentralization, Group Activities, Group Dynamics, Learning Activities