Supporting elementary students' science learning through data modeling and interactive mapping in local spaces

Kathryn A. Lanouette, Sarah Jane Van Wart, Tapan S. Parikh

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Abstract

Our work is based on three premises: (a) children's experiential, everyday knowledge about local spaces is a rich resource for science learning, (b) involvement in data modeling contributes to children's conceptual understanding, and (c) interactive maps can support children in leveraging their experiential, everyday knowledge about local spaces into their scientific reasoning. In this paper, we report on the results of a design-based research study, in which 4th grade students used a web-based tool called Local Ground to collect data, model, and collaboratively analyze what's underground in the local soil ecology around their school. We examine the affordances of situating children's data modeling in local spaces and using Local Ground as a representational medium. We find that this instructional design supported children in integrating their experiential knowledge to reason about organisms in relation to the environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings
EditorsChee-Kit Looi, Joseph L. Polman, Ulrike Cress, Peter Reimann
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages570-577
Number of pages8
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355090
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Jun 20 2016Jun 24 2016

Other

Other12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period6/20/166/24/16

Keywords

  • Data Modeling
  • Data Visualization
  • Ecological Systems
  • Elementary Science Education
  • GIS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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    Lanouette, K. A., Van Wart, S. J., & Parikh, T. S. (2016). Supporting elementary students' science learning through data modeling and interactive mapping in local spaces. In C-K. Looi, J. L. Polman, U. Cress, & P. Reimann (Eds.), 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings (Vol. 1, pp. 570-577). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).