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dc.contributor.authorClegg, Tamara Lynnetteen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-03-04T21:04:00Z
dc.date.available2011-03-04T21:04:00Z
dc.date.issued2010-08-30en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/37278
dc.description.abstractMy research centers upon designing transformative learning environments and supporting technologies. Kitchen Science Investigators (KSI) is an out-of-school transformative learning environment we designed to help young people learn science through cooking. My dissertation considers the question, 'How can we design a learning environment in which children discover the utility of science in their lives and their own scientific capabilities?' I have explored this question in the context of designing and enacting KSI. We designed the environment (i.e., activities, facilitation, and technology support) so that in the midst of cooking, participants generate personal goals that they need science to achieve. Our design integrates software to promote scientific practices in a real world context. In my thesis research I analyze how learners are developing identity as scientific reasoners in this environment. I also make recommendations about the design of learning environments and technologies to help with scientific development. My dissertation study is a longitudinal study of individuals in our most recent implementation of KSI. My current analysis of KSI shows significant development of disposition and identity development among focal learners, as well as a set of causal factors. I found that as learners connected cooking and science, and as they participated in science socially with their friends, they began to increase their scientific participation in and outside of KSI. My findings suggest guidelines for software support, facilitation, and activities for getting learners engaged in scientific inquiry in ways that promote the development of scientific identities.en_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.subjectKitchen science investigatorsen_US
dc.subjectTransformative learning environmentsen_US
dc.subjectEducational technologyen_US
dc.subjectScienceen_US
dc.subjectIdentityen_US
dc.subject.lcshScience Study and teaching
dc.subject.lcshScience Study and teaching Aids and devices
dc.titleKitchen science investigators: promoting identity development as scientific reasoners and thinkersen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.description.degreePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentComputingen_US
dc.description.advisorCommittee Chair: Kolodner, Janet; Committee Member: Bruckman, Amy; Committee Member: George, Magnia; Committee Member: Guzdial, Mark; Committee Member: Nasir, Na'ilah Suaden_US


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