This event is the first of this year's “Research on Learning and Educational Innovation: the Wednesday Seminars”, organised jointly by CoCo and STL at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, and hosted on Wednesdays during semester in Room 612 of the Education Building.
In this seminar, Dr Damsa will attempt to clarify the notion of shared epistemic agency and to illustrate how it is expressed and achieved by undergraduate students in the context of learning through collaborative knowledge construction. Building on works from learning sciences, educational psychology and sociology, shared epistemic agency is defined as a capacity that enables groups to carry out joint activities of knowledge construction that lead to a shared outcome. Two studies examining group projects learning activities in undergraduate courses in teacher education and computer engineering are used to illustrate how it is expressed and analysed in educational settings.
The discussion foregrounds that agency is not something given and should not be taken for granted; it emerges and is achieved in and through the unfolding (co-)construction processes and meaningful participation in activities. In addition, it highlights that creating the premises for the emergence of shared epistemic agency is an effort that can be assigned both to individuals and groups, but also to how the (pedagogical, structural) context facilitates this process.
Dr Crina Damsa is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Education, University of Oslo (UiO), where she is also a member of the teaching staff in the Higher Education master program. Dr Damsa is an active member of the Learning Sciences community and of the European Association for Research of Learning and Instruction.
- Where: Education Building (A35) Room 612
- When: 11.00am - 12.30pm (arrive at 10.45am for refreshments)
- This seminar will be available live online at http://webconf.ucc.usyd.edu.au/seminar-room2/.
- More information available here.