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Let kids solve wicked problems … why not?!
Preparation for collaboration
Collaborative learning
Complex problem solving
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Lam, R. J., & Low, M. (2016). Let kids solve wicked problems … why not?! In C. K. Looi, J. Polman, U. Cress, & P. Reimann (Eds.). Transforming learning, empowering learners: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2016, Volume 2 (pp. 902-905). Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
We describe the first iteration of design experiments that aim to assess an
instructional framework we call Preparation for Future Collaboration, which consists of three
main phases of learning activity: 1) individual cognitive preparation in the content to-belearned,
2) discussion/collaboration of ideas generated during preparation, and 3) direct
instruction. We conducted an experimental study in situ in three fourth-grade classes in a public
school in Singapore, manipulating the way that students prepared for a collaborative activity in
a topic in environmental education. Future analyses will include using measures of student
artifacts to assess the effectiveness of different forms of preparation on both the process of
learning and post-activity outcomes. In this paper, we share two cases to illustrate student ability
to generate solutions to a wicked problem.
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