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Failures and successes in collaborative inquiry: Learning the physics of electricity with agent-based models
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Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), Rhodes, Greece, 8 - 13 June 2009
This paper presents a process-oriented case study of successes and failures in
collaborative inquiry. The interactions of pairs were recorded and transcribed while they were
engaged in learning activities, mediated by agent-based NetLogo electricity models.
Transcripts of learner interactions were coded for engagements in science inquiry. The
purpose of this paper is to articulate the dynamics of collaborative science inquiry approach
resulting from varied scaffolding and consistent scaffolding in learning activities. Our findings
indicate that students under a varied scaffolding approach were more deeply engaged in
inquiry process and performed better on model-based explanations.
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