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"Wouter R. van Joolingen" <[log in to unmask]>
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Wouter R. van Joolingen
Wed, 3 Apr 2002 09:53:49 +0200
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>>>DEADLINE exTended untl April 8

Designing tools and methods to support inquiry learning
Workshop held in Conjunction with ITS 2002, June 3-4 2002, Biarritz.

Workshop web site:

Program committee
Wouter van Joolingen (Chair)
Tom Murray (Co-Chair)
Ton de Jong
Allen Munro
Eliot Soloway

Important dates
April 8: submission of proposed papers,
April 15: paper acceptance notification,
April 22: final version of accepted submissions.

Address correspondence to:
Wouter van Joolingen
Graduate School of teaching and learning.
University of Amsterdam
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Workshop Summary:
Computer based learning environments have been designed with the intent of
facilitating higher order thinking skills for some time, but recent research
in cognition, learning theory, and instructional systems has come a long way
into clarifying the nature of these skills.  Progress has been made in
particular in the area of learning scientific inquiry skills---their
significance,  component skills, the role of collaboration and knowledge
sharing, and instructional methods that support them.

The set of skills entailed in the "scientific inquiry cycle" is broad, and
includes formulating testable hypotheses, planning investigations, data
collection and analysis, modeling, reflection, justification, and
self-monitoring.  The importance of meaningful participation in a community
of inquiry has also been studied.  Renewed interest has spawned a new
generation of learning environments and related curriculum and pedagogical
principles for supporting inquiry learning and its component skills.
Currently, a main focus is directed towards systematic design of
environments to support these inquiry skills, in order to make more
predictable which skills are supported and how. This workshop will offer
participants to exchange progress made and to yield a thourough insight in
the state of  the design of inquiry learning environments.

Topical areas include:

-       Tools and methods for scaffolding inquiry skills
-       The role of external representations in inquiry learning
-       Articulating a taxonomy of types of "inquiry" and inquiry skills
-       Describing how collaborative work, search, and design methods such
as the 'jigsaw method' apply to inquiry sub-skills
-       Using (black box), inspecting (glass box), editing, and creating
(open box) runnable models.
-       Inquiry in simulation-based learning environments vs web-based
information spaces
-       Curriculum and classroom lessons learned
-       Authoring for inquiry environments
-       Evaluating inquiry learning in individuals and groups

This full-day workshop will consist of an alternation between participant
presentations, small group brain storming, and whole group discussions.  The
sub-session topics and timing will be determined once papers have been
accepted.  Attendance is limited to 25 participants.

We solicit the participation of practitioners and researchers who are
actively engaged in the development, design, implementation, or evaluation
of computer systems, human studies, or curriculum development related to the
theme and Purpose of the workshop. We invite position papers, presentations,
and discussion on all of these issues as they apply to learning environments
for inquiry skills, and to individual skills entailed in scientific inquiry.
Potential participants are requested to send a position paper indicating
their main research interests and work and their specific interest in the
workshop. Size: max. 2 pages.
The workshop will provide on-line proceedings.

Participants are requested to prepare presentations in a computer-based
format. Send submissions (Word Doc, PDF, Postscript) to
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