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Epistemic networks for epistemic commitments

Knight, Simon; Arastoopour, Golnaz; Williamson Shaffer, David; Buckingham Shum, Simon and Littleton, Karen (2014). Epistemic networks for epistemic commitments. In: International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), 23-27 Jun 2014, Boulder, Colarado.

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The ways in which people seek and process information are fundamentally epistemic in nature. Existing epistemic cognition research has tended towards characterizing this fundamental relationship as cognitive or belief-based in nature. This paper builds on recent calls for a shift towards activity-oriented perspectives on epistemic cognition and proposes a new theory of ‘epistemic commitments’. An additional contribution of this paper comes from an analytic approach to this recast construct of epistemic commitments through the use of Epistemic Network Analysis (ENA) to explore connections between particular modes of epistemic commitment. Illustrative examples are drawn from existing research data on children’s epistemic talk when engaged in collaborative information seeking tasks. A brief description of earlier analysis of this data is given alongside a newly conducted ENA to demonstrate the potential for such an approach.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 International Society of the Learning Sciences
Extra Information: An earlier version of this publication appeared as a Tech Report
Keywords: epistemic commitments; epistemic cognition; discourse; dialogue; epistemic network analysis; epistemic games; social network analysis; collaborative learning; search engines; information literacy; information seeking; credibility
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 39254
Depositing User: Simon Knight
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2014 10:31
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2020 07:46
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