Evaluation by grade 5 and 6 students of the promisingness of ideas in knowledge-building discourse

Bodong Chen, Maria Chuy, Monica Resendes, Marlene Scardamalia, Carl Bereiter

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Abstract

Knowledge creation requires identifying and pursuing promising ideas-ideas that in their nascent form may not seem like much but that with development could grow into something big. The goal of our research is to develop a tool to explore the concept of promisingness and "big ideas," especially elementary school students' ability to make "promisingness judgments" regarding ideas in peer discourse. Toward this end we developed a "Big Ideas" tool to facilitate students' selection of the ideas they thought were promising in their online discourse. A study conducted in two Grade 5/6 classes examined the nature of "big ideas" selected from the online discourse of younger Grade 4 students. A preliminary analysis indicated that students tended to identify as promising important facts and questions in the Grade 4 discourse. This study will inform future work in designing tools, language, and techniques to facilitate the concept of promisingness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConnecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationCSCL 2011 Conf. Proc. - Short Papers and Posters, 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference
Pages571-575
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference: Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice, CSCL 2011 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: Jul 4 2011Jul 8 2011

Publication series

NameConnecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice: CSCL 2011 Conf. Proc. - Short Papers and Posters, 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conf.
Volume2

Other

Other9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference: Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice, CSCL 2011
CountryChina
CityHong Kong
Period7/4/117/8/11

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