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research proposal     An Activity Framework for Learning Science

This product is an online tour that guides the user through a scenario in that the Inquiry Tool could be used. This "Guided Experiment" is implemented in the website of the SpacePlanting Project.

NLS Competency 1 - The application of knowledge about technology and the learning sciences.

Product description:
The papers below demonstrate how technology can be used as a tool to support complex thinking and problem solving. The activity framework described is suggesting the use of technology and the ways to use technology to support learning, however the technology is not necessarily a part of the framework.

The activity framework is based on the scientific inquiry method that scientists use to investigate scientific phenomena. The main intent of the activity framework is to encourage students to do science rather than to learn about science. The framework is suggesting to use the "Reflective Prediction Cycle", an adaptation of scientific inquiry method to guide students through the process of investigating problems. Moreover the "Reflective Prediction Cycle" is focusing on creating awareness by engaging students in reflective activities.

The "Reflective Prediction Cycle" was developed together with Joshua Gottdenker. The activity framework emerged together with the continuing development of the InquiryTool. The "Reflective Prediction Cycle" was applied in the FoodInSpace Workshop Series and is continuously adapted and improved.

Program of Study

Course 1: E & CPSY Qualitative Methods                           Teacher: Julie Caplow
Course 2: Q400 problems                                                 Teacher: Julie Caplow


The "Reflective Prediction Cycle" is described in the following papers

The ICALT paper describes the activity framework and the theorethical background of conceptual change:

Wichmann, A., Gottdenker, J., Jonassen, D., Milrad, M. (2003). Developing a Framework for conceptual Change within Scientific Inquiry. In Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2003), 9-11 July 2003, Athens, Greece, pp. 382-383.

ICCE Paper
The ICCE paper discusses the integration of scientific inquiry activities in informal learning settings

Wichmann, A., Gottdenker, J., Jonassen, D., Milrad, M. (2003b). Scientific Inquiry Learning using Computer Supported Experimentation. This Volume: International Conference on Computers in Education 2003, Hong Kong

  NLS Competencies
1. The application of knowledge about technology and the learning sciences.

2. Knowledge of models and best practices for networked learning systems.

3. Design of NLS applications or components of an application.

4. Development of NLS applications or components of an application
Program of Study
CECS 283
Q461 Interface Design 1
Q466 Mindtools
Q410 Web App Dev I
Q410 ISD
Q410 NLS
Q410 CLE
Q410 FrontEndAnalysis
Q410 InterfaceDesign2
E & CPSY Qualitative
Q410 NLS Studio
Q400 Problems
Q410 Tools for Science
Q400 Problems