Children’s reflection-in-action during collaborative design-based learning

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Abstract

Supporting children’s reflection-in-action during Design-based Learning (DBL) processes can help them to make sense of their design activities and optimize their action on the spot. Earlier work has not examined the process in a way to inform the public on detailed design decisions for scaffolding. In addition, the social character of reflection-in-action is underappreciated in previous work. In this paper, we begin with building a conceptual framework. We identify four elements that define reflection-in-action: surprising event, knowing-in-action, improvisation to respond to surprise, effects on ongoing action. We describe a qualitative study that examined how these elements manifested themselves during a collaborative DBL workshop with 9 children. Our study uncovered six types of reflective discourses and shows how these on-the-spot reflections can affect subsequent group behaviors. Based on our results, we discuss the social process of reflection-in-action, the problems revealed and the requirements to design technological reflection scaffolds in a collaborative DBL context.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Challenges of the Digital Transformation in Education - Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning ICL2018
EditorsThrasyvoulos Tsiatsos, Michael E. Auer
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages790-800
Number of pages11
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-11932-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-11931-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event21st International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2018 - Kos Island, Greece
Duration: 25 Sep 201828 Sep 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume916
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

Conference21st International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2018
CountryGreece
CityKos Island
Period25/09/1828/09/18

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Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Design-based learning
  • Reflection scaffolds
  • Reflection-in-action

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Zhang, Z., Bekker, T., Markopoulos, P., & Brok, P. D. (2020). Children’s reflection-in-action during collaborative design-based learning. In T. Tsiatsos, & M. E. Auer (Eds.), The Challenges of the Digital Transformation in Education - Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning ICL2018 (Vol. 1, pp. 790-800). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 916). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11932-4_73