Space: The final frontier in the learning of science?

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Abstract

In Space, relations, and the learning of science, Wolff-Michael Roth and Pei-Ling Hsu use ethnomethodology to explore high school interns learning shopwork and shoptalk in a research lab that is located in a world class facility for water quality analysis. Using interaction analysis they identify how spaces, like a research laboratory, can be structured as smart spaces to create a workflow (learning flow) so that shoptalk and shopwork can projectively organize the actions of interns even in new and unfamiliar settings. Using these findings they explore implications for the design of curriculum and learning spaces more broadly. The Forum papers of Erica Blatt and Cassie Quigley complement this analysis. Blatt expands the discussion on space as an active component of learning with an examination of teaching settings, beyond laboratory spaces, as active participants of education. Quigley examines smart spaces as authentic learning spaces while acknowledging how internship experiences all empirical elements of authentic learning including open-ended inquiry and empowerment. In this paper I synthesize these ideas and propose that a narrative structure might better support workflow, student agency and democratic decision making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-139
Number of pages7
JournalCultural Studies of Science Education
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

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Keywords

  • Agency
  • Ethnomethodology
  • Narrative
  • Procedural language
  • Science content storylines
  • Space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies

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