Distributed cognition in the middle years: using a forum format to elicit mental models of assessment

Edwards-Leis, Christine (2007) Distributed cognition in the middle years: using a forum format to elicit mental models of assessment. In: AARE 2006 International Education Research Conference. From: 2006 AARE Conference, 26-30 November 2006, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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The project, Mental Models and Robotics and Middle Schooling, was an empirical qualitative study centred within information processing theory and linked with the introspection mediating process tracing paradigm. The study involved students and their teacher in a socio-economically diverse urban primary school and aimed to establish how the identification of participants’ mental models can assist in the authentic assessment of learning through a richer understanding of the cognitive development taking place in a technology-based learning experience. Semi-structured and stimulated recall interviews, questionnaires, teach-back episodes, and teacher and student journals were used to externalise participants’ mental models. However, the effect of distributed cognition and the shared understanding of the nature, process, and response to assessment could not be determined by these instruments alone. A videoed forum of the student participants, held subsequent to an assessment episode designed by them, was used to elicit the mental models of assessment from teacher and learner points of view. Results of this forum indicates that middle years students can inform us of their understanding and need for authentic assessment practices that would clearly demonstrate their individual learning journey while adhering to systemic principles.

Item ID: 3034
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISSN: 1324-9339
Keywords: mental models; middle years; distributed cognition; research methodology; assessment
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Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2009 05:46
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation @ 50%
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