Encyclopedia of Science Education

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Knowledge-Building Communities

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_54-1
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Introduction

In recent decades, it has been the goal of many science curricula and projects to develop inquiry-based learning in science classrooms. Many such projects, often of short duration, involve students’ learning from inquiries and investigations, exploring science phenomena firsthand, carrying out experiments, practicing scientific skills, and applying scientific ideas in new situations. However, critics have pointed out that these approaches fall short of what scientists actually do, as theories emerge within a sustained community of inquiry and knowledge exchange. In classrooms, scientific inquiry is often limited to sequenced activities designed to meet predetermined goals and fixed standards, rather than helping students to develop authentic scientific practices within a community of their peers.

What Is the Knowledge-Building Community Model?

The model of Knowledge-Building Community(KBC), developed...

Keywords

Knowledge-building Communities (KBC) Knowledge Forum Progressive Problem Solving Collective Cognitive Responsibility Pursue Lines 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of Hong KongHong KongChina