Improving students’ understanding and explanation skills through the use of a knowledge building forum

Auteur(s): Hamel, Christine; Turcotte, Sandrine; Laferrière, ThérèseBisson, Nicolas
Autre(s) titre(s): L’amélioration de la compréhension chez les élèves et de leur capacité d'explication au moyen de l'utilisation d'un forum de coélaboration de connaissances
Résumé: Education research has shown the importance of helping students develop comprenehsion skills. Explanation-seeking rather than fact-seeking pedagogies have been shown to warrant deeper student understanding. This study investigates the use of Knowledge Forum (KF) in K-6 classrooms (n = 251) to develop students’ explanation skills. To this end, we conducted pre- and post- activity interviews with students who used KF to investigate various topics. Their online collaborative discourse was also analyzed. Our results show that: 1) students’ explanations improved significantly between pre- and post-activity interviews, 2) active KF users scored higher than less active users on the post-activity interviews, and 3) students who had the best written explanations on KF scored much higher on the post-activity interviews even when they had scored much lower than less active students in the pre-activity interviews.
Type de document: Article de recherche
Date de publication: 14 décembre 2015
Date de la mise en libre accès: 18 mars 2016
Version du document: VoR
Lien permanent: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/423
Ce document a été publié dans: McGill Journal of Education, Vol. 50 (1), 1-19 (2015)
http://mje.mcgill.ca/article/view/9193/7055
Faculty of Education, McGill University
Collection :Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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