Integrating science and writing in multimedia science fictions: Investigating student interactions in role-taking

Shiyan Jiang, Ji Shen, Blaine Smith

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

We explore characteristics of group interactions in an afterschool program designed for middle school students to practice integrated STEM learning and digital literacies. In the program, students self-selected roles (e.g., writers, scientists, artists, and engineers) and worked in small groups to create multimedia science fictions. In order to understand the high integration level between science and writing in one focus group's final product, this study examines students' collaborative learning processes, the characteristics of their interactions, and their role-changing patterns. We found that the high integration level between science and writing may be explained by (a) the interactions between the writer and the scientist during discussion and multimodal composing, and (b) the catalyst role of the artist in the group discussion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages346-353
Number of pages8
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355090
StatePublished - 2016
Event12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Jun 20 2016Jun 24 2016

Other

Other12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period6/20/166/24/16

Keywords

  • Collaborative learning
  • Digital literacies
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Multimodality
  • Role-taking
  • Science literacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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    Jiang, S., Shen, J., & Smith, B. (2016). Integrating science and writing in multimedia science fictions: Investigating student interactions in role-taking. In 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings (Vol. 1, pp. 346-353). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).