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Rosenberg, Seth; Hammer, David; Phelan, Jessica – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2006
Research on personal epistemologies (Hofer & Pintrich, 2002) has mostly conceptualized them as stable beliefs or stages of development. On these views, researchers characterize individual students' epistemologies with single, coherent descriptions. Evidence of variability in student epistemologies, however, suggests the need for more complex…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Epistemology, Classroom Communication, Geology
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Jurow, A. Susan – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2005
Project-based curricula have the potential to engage students' interests. But how do students become interested in the goals of a project? This article documents how a group of 8th-grade students participated in an architectural design project called the Antarctica Project. The project is based on the imaginary premise that students need to design…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students, Grade 8, Building Design