Kate Bielaczyc

Kate Bielaczyc
Clark University · urban educatioin

PhD UC Berkeley

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Research on learning communities has been largely influenced by the sociocultural turn in educational scholarship approximately three decades ago. Here, we present a wider history of research and practice on learning communities as we revisit this highly generative and central topic in the learning sciences. Using this to frame our perspective, we...
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This symposium presents our efforts to reconceptualize learning spaces from their traditional notions as bound and immutable to a view in which the physical and social boundaries are flexible and dynamically connected to the learning itself. We present the work from five international research centers that consider space as a multi-dimensional medi...
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The purpose of this workshop is to advance conceptions of learning communities by considering exciting new lines of research on them. While learning communities such as Brown and Campione's Communities of Learners (CoL, 1994) and Scardamalia and Bereiter's Knowledge Building Communities (KBCs, 1994) are foundational ideas in the learning sciences,...
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This paper discusses the special issue on learner-generated designs in participatory culture. We suggest that learner-generated designs represented as artifacts in the making, identity negotiation, and mediated discourse point strongly to social identification. People learn tacitly not only from their environment across different contexts of learni...
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We envision building an ongoing, international research collaboration on learning communities (IRCLC) composed of researchers who are interested in studying LCs. Given this goal, the purpose of this workshop is to bring together active researchers who study LCs, in all their forms, to better understand the past, present, and future of this central...
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Teachers and students face many challenges in shifting from traditional classroom cultures to enacting the Knowledge-Building Communities model (KBC model) supported by the CSCL environment, Knowledge Forum (Bereiter, 2002; Bereiter & Scardamalia, 1993; Scardamalia, 2002; Scardamalia & Bereiter, 2006). Enacting the model involves socializing studen...
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This symposium is part of an NSF project to help The Learning Sciences community collaboratively envision a cyberinfrastructure for design-based research (DBR). Like numerous others before us, we argue that the educational research community would be well served by a mutually created cyberinfrastructure that would encourage and support engagement b...
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Using a metaphor of pharmacological carriers, we will present how teachers in a Singaporean primary school enacted the Knowledge Building Communities model (KBC model) as a new principle-based approach. Ideas First project was implemented in a Singaporean primary school and it has visible outward features such as the practices and structures that a...
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In this article, we describe the design principles undergirding productive failure (PF; M. Kapur, 200824. Kapur , M. 2008 . Productive failure . Cognition and Instruction , 26 : 379 – 424 . [Taylor & Francis Online], [Web of Science ®]View all references). We then report findings from an ongoing program of research on PF in mathematical problem sol...
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The design research methodology as it has currently developed centers on the creation of existence proofs, an important first step. What is needed then are the next steps of expanding the methodology to address the design problems of practical implementation prior to the steps involved in scaling up these designs. This article contributes to such a...
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Our focus is on how teachers navigate the pedagogical shifts in moving from traditional classrooms to knowledge building community classrooms (Scardamalia & Bereiter, 2006). We ground our inquiry in Ideas First, a design-based research program within a Singapore primary school. Based on data drawn across 5 years of implementation, we examine three...
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We present evidence from three quasi-experimental studies on productive failure. In Experiment 1, students experienced either direct instruction (DI) or productive failure (PF), wherein they were first asked to generate a quantitative index for variance before receiving direct instruction on the concept. Experiment 2 examined if it was necessary fo...
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A major emphasis within the Learning Sciences has been to explore ways to create classroom cultures that mirror disciplinary cultures. The central focus of our own research has been on how teachers and students navigate the epistemological shift from traditional didactic classrooms to classrooms that function as nowledge building communities (Scard...
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Education in the Knowledge Age calls for engaging students in creative work with knowledge. A major implication for research and design in the learning sciences is that the necessary shift is not simply technological or pedagogical, but essentially epistemological (Brown, 2007). In this article, the authors view such creative work with knowledge th...
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The realization of the pedagogic affordances of many CSCL tools require a social infrastructure quite different from that found in traditional classrooms using "instructionist" teaching and learning practices. We are interested in ways to support teachers and students in making the necessary shift in cultural beliefs and classroom practices in orde...
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If design research involving technology-based tools is going to impact educational settings, the design process must be extended beyond the tool itself to encompass a broader range of factors such as the classroom social structures (e.g., beliefs about learning and knowledge, learning activities and participant structures, configurations of both ph...
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New models of teaching and learning designed to address the demands of 21st century education require shifts in classroom norms and practices. This paper examines a group of students and teachers who implemented the Knowledge Forum model (Scardamalia, 2004) over the course of two years. Interviews with the students are used to assess three epistemo...
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New models of teaching and learning designed to address the demands of 21st century education require shifts in classroom norms and practices. This paper examines a group of students and teachers who implemented the Knowledge Forum model (Scardamalia, 2004) over the course of two years. Interviews with the students are used to assess three epistemo...
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Learning from one's peers has traditionally played a significant role in the education of design professionals. Grounded in the ideals of the atelier tradition, design education is predicated on the open exchange of ideas and constant critique of work in progress. Many of the most successful buildings for design education incorporate an open plan t...
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The term "design experiments" was introduced in 1992, in articles by Ann Brown (1992) and Allan Collins (1992). Design experiments were developed as a way to carry out formative research to test and refine educational designs based on principles derived from prior research. More recently the term design research has been applied to this kind of wor...
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In the talk we describe how many of the classrooms using Knowledge Forum, developed by Scardamalia and Bereiter (1991 and 1994), embody the characteristics of communities that are known for their creative innovations, such as Ionia in early Greece where science first developed, Cremona Italy in the middle ages where the art of violin making was per...
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This paper explores the use of Knowledge Forum, a networked computer program designed to support knowledge building communication and to foster thinking and learning skills. The paper focuses on a Grade 5/6 classroom and looks at how students view scientific knowledge and what it means to learn science. A shift in pedagogy, along with the learning...
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The learning-communities approach fits with the growing emphasis on lifelong learning, which can naturally be extended beyond the classroom walls. There is every reason for a learning community to include parents and members of the wider society. With the addition of computer net works it becomes possible to include scientists and other professiona...
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When students attempt to solve problems collaboratively in learning environments they may miss opportunities to use available resources for achieving learning goals. We present an approach to qualitative analysis of such "missed opportunities" ("MOs") in collaborative problem-solving interactions, and discuss how the analysis can contribute to the...
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Previous research has found positive correlations between particular strategies students use while studying to explain instructional materials to themselves and student performance on associated problem-solving tasks (Chi, Bassok, Lewis, Reimann, & Glaser, 1989; Pirolli & Bielaczyc, 1989; Pirolli & Recker, 1994). In the study reported here, we inve...
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We present an approach to control information flow in object-oriented systems. The decision of whether an informatin flow is permitted or denied depends on both the authorizations specified on the objects and the process by which information is obtained ...
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We believe there is great learning potential in education involving shared, student-generated knowledge bases. However, it is not yet clear what architectures are most appropriate for such shared knowledge bases in order to facilitate an effective exchange, collection, organization, and sharing of knowledge. In this paper, we discuss the concepts o...

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