Share Paper: Promoting Scholarly Conversations among in-Service Teachers in an Online Graduate Program

  1. Qijie Cai, Minnesota State University, Mankato, United States

Abstract: To enhance the rigor of collaborative learning, we have designed Scholarly Conversations based on the knowledge building principles (Scardamalia & Bereiter, 2006) and implemented them in a graduate course which supports k12 teachers' professional development. During the 6-week course, students were divided into groups and were required to complete two Scholarly Conversations. A high performing group who demonstrated success on Scholarly Conversations was selected for this study. A coding scheme, developed from preliminarily studies (Cai, 2017a & 2017b), was applied to analyze the data generated from this group in order to determine the extent to which the students were engaged ...