Epistemic agency as a members’ experience

Danielle Keifert, Christina Krist, Déana Scipio, Anna Philips

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We present a conceptualization of epistemic agency that centers attention on participants’ experience as a central identifying criterion, including the powered nature of inquiry. This allows us to examine how and by whom the inquiry is defined, navigated, and reified. We draw upon the existing conceptualization of inquiry as a members’ phenomenon to attend to how key epistemic moments—beginnings and endings—allow us to recognize learners’ competence in defining and shaping knowledge products. We take this as an opportunity to sensitize ourselves to issues of power and equity in STEM learning spaces. We argue that viewing epistemic agency as a members’ experience sensitizes researchers and educators to collaboratively decide with learners (rather than for learners) what counts as making progress and identifying paths within and through STEM learning environments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age
Subtitle of host publicationMaking the Learning Sciences Count, 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018
Place of PublicationLondon UK
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference of the Learning Sciences 2018 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Jun 201827 Jun 2018
Conference number: 13th
https://repository.isls.org/handle/1/473 (Proceedings)
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1wTHiZuSn8Wn84Q1WpAL-ihQ6SvaDWP17 (Proceedings - copies of all volumes)
https://www.isls.org/icls/2018/icls2018.com/index.html (Website)


ConferenceInternational Conference of the Learning Sciences 2018
Abbreviated titleICLS 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherTheme: Rethinking learning in the digital age: making the Learning Sciences count
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