Moving between experience, data and explanation: The role of participatory gis maps in elementary science sensemaking

Kathryn Lanouette, Sarah Van Wart

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Abstract

Constructing, sharing, and contesting models of the natural world is central to scientific inquiry (Latour, 1999) yet in K-12 science classrooms, students are rarely engaged in modeling processes of collecting data, authoring varied representational forms, and engaging in science argumentation. Science inquiry also tends to involve faraway locales, distant from students’ extensive everyday knowledge of surrounding spaces and places (Barton & Tan, 2009). In this paper, we share findings from the most recent iteration of a larger design-based research project that directly engaged elementary students in modeling a local complex ecological system, the soil ecology underfoot in the schoolyard. We examine how 5th grade students used interactive GIS maps in whole class discussions, moving between their everyday experiences in the schoolyard, the data collection experience, and the classes’ aggregated data in reasoning about complex socio-ecological relationships and explanations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Wide Lens
Subtitle of host publicationCombining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings - 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2019 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsKristine Lund, Gerald P. Niccolai, Elise Lavoue, Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Gahgene Gweon, Michael Baker
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages553-556
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467248
StatePublished - 2019
Event13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, CSCL 2019 - Lyon, France
Duration: Jun 17 2019Jun 21 2019

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume2
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, CSCL 2019
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityLyon
Period6/17/196/21/19

Keywords

  • Elementary science
  • Experiential knowledge
  • Participatory GIS mapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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