This book arises from research conducted through Singapore's National Institute of Education on such topics as integrating knowledge building pedagogies into Singaporean classrooms, with both students and teachers across school levels, from primary schools to high schools. Additionally, international scholars contribute research on theories of knowledge creation, methodological foundations of research on knowledge creation, knowledge creation pedagogies in classrooms and knowledge creation work involving educators. The book is organized in two sections. Section A focuses on theoretical, technological and methodological issues, where sources of justification for claims are predominantly theories and extant literature, although empirical evidence is used extensively in one chapter.
Section B reports knowledge creation practices in schools, with teachers, students or both; the key sources of justification for claims are predominantly empirical evidence and narratives of experience The editor asserts that schools should focus on developing students' capacity and disposition in knowledge creation work; at the same time, leaders and teachers alike should continue to develop their professional knowledge as a community. In the knowledge building vernacular, the chapters are knowledge artifacts - artifacts that not only document the findings of the editors and authors, but that also mediate future advancement in this area of research work. The ultimate aim of the book is to inspire new ideas, and to illuminate the path for researchers of similar interest in knowledge creation in education.
Seng Chee Tan, Ph.D., is the Head of the Learning Sciences and Technologies academic group of the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (LST, NIE). His research interests include computer-supported collaborative learning and knowledge creation in education. He has conducted several intervention projects in Singapore classrooms using knowledge building pedagogy and has been working on building teachers' community for knowledge creation among teachers. Dr. Hyo-Jeong So is currently affiliated to the department of Creative IT Engineering at Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH), Korea. Previously, she was working with LST, NIE. Her research interests include computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), mobile learning, and human-computer interaction (HCI). In Singapore, she conducted research projects on knowledge building in primary and secondary school contexts and explored the pedagogical and technological design of pervasive knowledge building accessible to a wide range of students. Jennifer Yeo is an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education (Singapore). Prior to joining NIE, Jennifer taught physics and English in Victoria School for eight years. She was the subject head of audio and visual department and then of physics. As she embarked on the Master of Arts in instructional design and technologies and Ph.D, she assisted in various research projects related to the use of technologies in teaching and learning. Jennifer's research interest is in understanding how people learn science. Her earlier studies looked at students' sense-making in problem-based learning and knowledge building environments. Her current research focuses on the role of representations in students' construction of scientific explanation and argumentation.
FOREWORD: Laferriere Therese PREFACE 1. Introduction Section A: Theoretical and Methodological Foundations for Knowledge Creation 2. Perspectives of Knowledge Creation and Implications for Education 3. Knowledge Building and Knowledge Creation: One Concept, Two Hills to Climb 4. Trialogical Approach for Knowledge Creation 5. Harnessing Emerging Technologies to Build the Next Generation of Knowledge Creation Platform for School Students 6. Statistical Discourse Analysis of Online Discussions: Informal Cognition, Social Metacognition and Knowledge Creation 7. Creating Knowledge - Commentary on Section A SECTION B: Knowledge Creation Pedagogies in Practice 8. Designing the Situation for Pervasive Knowledge Building: Future School Experiences 9. From Problem-based Learning to Knowledge Creation 10. Knowledge Creation in the Mangle of Practice: Implications for Educators 11. Developing Student-Centred Teaching Beliefs through Knowledge Building among Prospective Teachers 12. Conceptual Shifts Within Problem Spaces for Knowledge Building Practice Within a Teacher Community 13. Knowledge Building Pedagogy and Teachers' Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge 14. Teacher Learning in a Professional Learning Team: Of Contradictions and Action Possibilities 15. Reflection and Commentary on Knowledge Creation in Practice Conclusion 16. Knowledge Creation in Singapore Schools: Our Journey and Ways Forward
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