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Title: Let kids solve wicked problems … why not?!
Authors: Lam, Rachel Jane
Low, Michelle
Keywords: Preparation for collaboration
Collaborative learning
Complex problem solving
Issue Date: Jun-2016
Citation: 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.
Abstract: 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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