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Call for Workshop Contributions: Scaffolding Inquiry-Based Science Learning (IBSL) with computer environments

posted 8 Aug 2012, 05:58 by ICO Education   [ updated 20 Aug 2012, 23:49 ]
The Alpine Rendez-Vous, January, 28 – February, 1st, 2013, in Villard-de-Lans, Vercors, French Alps  - 
The workshop will explore the issues encountered by designers and researchers of IBSL situations (and related computer environments) with a particular interest in scaffolds and scaffolding systems for students. Core questions relate to what has been learned from past experiences to design effective scaffolds for learners engaged in experimental investigations supported by technology, and what could be the anticipated future.
In the workshop, we will mainly consider inquiry-based learning situations where learners have to conduct scientific experiments using either tangible materials or computer simulations or a mix of the two. The students’ investigative activities do not have to be supported in their entirety by a TEL system, as long as students are engaged in a full inquiry cycle and receive some kind of electronic support for one or more of their activities.
The term scaffold, or scaffolding, is accordingly defined in its broadest sense and applies to any kind of guidance offered to students before, during, or after their inquiry and can be offered by teachers, peers or tools embedded in the learning environment.

Main questions are:
- What types of scaffolds have proven to be effective to support IBSL?
- What type of scaffolds could be offered by the learning environment and what kind of scaffolds could be given by the teacher (or a supporting peer)?
- What are the difficulties and successes encountered, and how are these experiences influenced by factors such as the topic of inquiry, the target audience, the TEL environment, and the teachers’ experience?
- How do the answers to the above questions pave the way to effective scaffolding for IBSL in the near future?
These questions will be addressed based on review and/or empirical data.

Call for Participation
Interested researchers should send an abstract (minimum half a page) to Isabelle Girault (Isabelle.girault@imag.fr) by September 10, 2012.
They propose either a review of others' work that synthesize main issues or their own work to enlighten specific points (including the difficulties).
Participants will be selected based on their submitted abstract. A maximum of 20  participants will be selected by the review committee. Please note that the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 20, so we kindly request you to submit an abstract only if you are willing and able to attend the workshop. Cancellations after acceptance are difficult to replace.
Acceptance will be notified on September 30, 2012.

More information on the Alpine Rendez-Vous and the workshop can be found in the attachment
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8 Aug 2012, 05:58