A Web-based technology for fostering initiative
Su Chin Jones, Michigan State University, United States
Michigan State University . Awarded
Educators have been interested in promoting student agency in the classroom and in encouraging students to take more action in their own learning. This research addresses this issue by examining student initiative and focusing on how to foster this kind of learning. in the classroom. In this investigation, I developed The Mathematics Chronicles (TMC) based on design principles for promoting initiative—public audience, collaboration, and norms and practices. Final interviews with students, observations of student interactions in TMC publishing and non-publishing classroom contexts, and samples of student work from TMC and other classroom assignments were analyzed. Results indicate that how students take initiative vary across publishing and non-publishing contexts. In addition, collaboration, norms, and practices in TMC environment were salient themes emerging from the data as significant in fostering student initiative. Students' perception of an audience, however, was the most powerful aspect of TMC environment that led students to take action, make an effort, and demonstrate volition in their learning.
Jones, S.C. A Web-based technology for fostering initiative. Ph.D. thesis, Michigan State University.
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