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'Productive Disciplinary Engagement' in the Context of Energy
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 8:40 AM -8:50 AM
  Author: Warren Christensen,
  Co-Author(s): Rachel E. Scherr , Hunter G Close , Sarah B McKagan , Eleanor W Close
  Abstract: The concept of "productive disciplinary engagement" [1] (PDE) provides a layered method for describing experiences in which learners are interacting with one another. The four principles of PDE align with much of the Physics Education Research community's effort in instructional design: 1) Problematizing Content, 2) Giving Students Authority, 3) Holding Students Accountable to Others and Disciplinary Norms, and 4) Providing Relevant Resources. Authentic experiences of this kind are not common in most classrooms and significant challenges arise when attempting to create them. We present examples of PDE from a summer Professional Development course on energy at Seattle Pacific University and consider both the observational criteria by which PDE is identified and the features of the instruction that contributed to making it possible.
  Footnotes: [1] Engle, R.A. and Conant, F.R. ?Guiding Principles for Fostering Productive Disciplinary Engagement: Explaining an Emergent Argument in a Community of Learners Classroom,? Cog & Inst, 20 (4) 2002. Supported in part by NSF DRL 0822342.
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