Daniel C. Edelson

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Educational researchers are increasingly using design as a means of advancing their understanding. Historically design in educational research has served as a way to implement theories for testing. The emerging design research paradigm treats design as a strategy for developing and refining theories. In this article, I discuss the lessons that can be(More)
1. Abstract Inquiry experiences can provide valuable opportunities for students to improve their understanding of both science content and scientific practices. However, the implementation of inquiry learning in classrooms presents a number of significant challenges. We have been exploring these challenges through a program of research on the use of(More)
The Collaboratory Notebook is a networked, multimedia knowledgebuilding environment which has been designed to help students, teachers and scientists share inquiry over the boundaries of time and space. Developed as part of the Learning Through Collaborative Visualization Project (CoVis), the Collaboratory Notebook extends the metaphor of a scientists’(More)
A great deal of effort has gone into developing open-ended inquiry activities for science education as well as complex computer tools for accessing scientific data to help students learn science. To be successful with these tools and activities, students need to learn a set of inquiry skills and to develop a new mode of classroom work reflective inquiry. In(More)
Distributed multimedia learning environments can reshape pre-college science education. This paper provides a perspective on what is required to place these environments into classrooms and details what challenges must be met for their appropriation. The Learning through Collaborative Visualization Project has provided a wide-band high-speed computer(More)
This paper presents a quantitative case study of the initial adoption of the Collaboratory Notebook, a collaborative hypermedia tool for inquiry learning, by a high school science teacher and his students. We document two distinct patterns of work resulting from the teachers' design of classroom activities and assessments. On the basis of these experiences(More)
Scientific inquiry in complex data-rich environments is a goal of much educational reform, but students require supports to manage the complexity of such investigations. We propose an approach to providing this support by making the processes and products of an investigation into explicit objects for reflection. We describe design research exploring ways to(More)
The use of scientific investigation tools is receiving considerable attention as a result of an increased emphasis in the educational community on open-ended inquiry. One potential source for these tools is the scientific community. Scientific visualization technologies, in particular, offer significant promise for education because of their use of visual(More)