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Title: Changing science classroom discourse toward doing science: The design of a game-based learning curriculum
Authors: Jan, Mingfong
Chee, Yam San
Tan, Ek Ming
Keywords: Science discourse
Science education
Game-based learning
Design-based research
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Paper presented at the 18th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2010), Putrajaya, Malaysia, 29 November to 3 December 2010
Abstract: This paper presents a game-based learning program designed to foster classroom discourse toward doing science with language. Both schools and professional science communities practice science, but the beliefs guiding their practices and discourse patterns are significantly different. In schools, students talk about science in order to learn the ready-made science. In professional science communities, scientists use and develop language as tools for constructing scientific knowledge. In order to transform the discourse practice in the mainstream science classrooms as doing science with language, we design the Legends of Alkhimia 3D role-playing game and curriculum.
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