Building Theories about Plate Tectonics: Supporting Data Visualization as Epistemic Practice

Brandin M. Conrath, Amy Voss Farris, Scott McDonald, Amy Pallant

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Proposing, testing, and refining explanations using data visualizations are central to geoscience, although difficult to orchestrate in settings of instruction. We analyze a case in which two 11th grade students engage in a spontaneous process of theory generation and testing using Seismic Explorer, a tool for visualizing information about earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Our interaction analysis identifies attributes and affordances of the learning environment that supported students' process of constructing explanations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication15th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Collaboration Toward Educational Innovation for All: Overarching Research, Development, and Practices, CSCL 2022 - Proceedings, part of the 2nd Annual Meeting of the International Society of the Learning Sciences, ISLS 2022
EditorsArmin Weinberger, Wenli Chen, Davinia Hernandez-Leo, Bodong Chen
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781737330646
StatePublished - 2022
Event15th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2022 - Hiroshima, Japan
Duration: Jun 6 2022Jun 10 2022

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
ISSN (Print)1573-4552


Conference15th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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