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Examining children’s agency within participatory structures in primary science investigations
Siry, Christina; Wilmes, Sara; Haus, Jana Maria
2016In Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 10, p. 4-16
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Keywords :
agency; structure; dialectics
Abstract :
[en] This research examines the use of participatory structures with children in a fourth grade classroom as they engage in an inquiry-based science unit. The dialectical relationship between structure and agency is central to exploring these children's investigation, as children engaged in an investigation designed partly by themselves, in collaboration with their teachers and each other. We consider to what extent participatory structures mediated children's agency in science investigations. Using a combination of ethnographic and design experiment methods, we zoom in on a case study of one child and his collaborative activities with peers, to contextualize the process and underscore the claim that participatory structures created spaces for children to take agency in different ways. Specifically we demonstrate how open-ended structures and participatory curricular design mediated his agentic participation and also transformed the structures of the class, as teachers and students were positioned in new ways.
Disciplines :
Education & instruction
Author, co-author :
Siry, Christina ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS)
Wilmes, Sara ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS)
Haus, Jana Maria
External co-authors :
no
Language :
English
Title :
Examining children’s agency within participatory structures in primary science investigations
Publication date :
September 2016
Journal title :
Learning, Culture and Social Interaction
ISSN :
2210-6561
Publisher :
Elsevier
Special issue title :
Agency and Learning: Researching Agency in Educational Interactions
Volume :
10
Pages :
4-16
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
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