A “laboratory of knowledge-making” for personal inquiry learning

Sharples, Mike; Collins, Trevor; Feißt, Markus; Gaved, Mark; Mulholland, Paul; Paxton, Mark and Wright, Michael (2011). A “laboratory of knowledge-making” for personal inquiry learning. In: 15th International Conference, AIED 2011, 28 Jun - 01 Jul 2011, Auckland, New Zealand.

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We describe nQuire, a constraint-based learning toolkit to support a continuity of inquiry based learning between classroom and non-formal settings. The paper proposes design requirements for personal inquiry learning environments that support learning of personally meaningful science topics with development of metacognitive understanding and self-regulation of the scientific process through situated practice. It introduces a generic implementable model of the inquiry process, and describes an instantiation in the nQuire learning environment. An example of the use of the toolkit for a Healthy Eating inquiry with 28 Year 9 students concludes with results of the trial, design issues and recommendations.

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