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  Session: Physics Education Research II
  Paper Type: Poster
  Title: Development of the Epistemic Agency Classroom Observation and Analysis Tool (EPISTACOAT)
  Meeting: 2018 Winter Meeting: San Diego, CA
  Location: N/A
  Time: 8:30PM
  Author: Mark Akubo,, Florida State University,
(850)631-7435, ma15d@my.fsu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The goal of science teaching and learning is for students to develop proficiency in science by engaging in the practices of science, learning core ideas and crosscutting concepts.1 This proficiency requires that students be active players in the construction of knowledge. Students need to be epistemic agents -- taking responsibility for shaping the knowledge and practice of a science community. Thus, they share authority with the teacher. How might we characterize and analyze our observations focusing on this construct of epistemic agency in classroom discourses? To this end, we develop the epistemic agency classroom observation and analysis tool (EPISTACOAT) which focuses on the epistemic, conceptual, social, socio-epistemic, and affective markers of agency in a student-centered active learning environment for undergraduate programs (SCALE-UP).
  Footnotes: 1. National Research Council A Framework for k-12 Science Education: Practices, Crossscutting Concepts and Core Ideas. The National Academy Press: Washington DC, 2012.
  Presentation: AAPT2.pdf

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