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Learning in-the-making: A case study of science and technology projects in a year six classroom

Ritchie, S.M. and Hampson, B. (1996) Learning in-the-making: A case study of science and technology projects in a year six classroom. Research in Science Education, 26 (4). pp. 391-407.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02357451
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Abstract

The integration of technology-based projects in the primary science curriculum has attracted recent international attention. Yet few case studies about what and how knowledge is constructed in this context have been reported. In this interpretive study of a Year Six classroom, we focused on how two contrasting groups of children designed ill-defined engineering structures. Of particular interest was how the groups appropriated ideas into their designs and constructed related scientific concepts. Our interpretations of the field, videotape and interview data during the semester-long observation period highlight the value of building learning communities in science and technology classes. As well as reporting our classroom-related findings we begin to explore the collaboration processes within our research team. A thick description of the genesis of the project and a brief revelation about our interpretive zone are provided.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer
Copyright: 1996 Kluwer Academic Publishers
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/21621
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