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Making Meaning by Making Connections

Authors: Schuh, Kathy L.

  • Deep look at an often overlooked element of how learners construct their knowledge
  • Interpretations guided by the Mind as Rhizome metaphor and Peircian semiotics
  • Well-documented grounded theory of how students make meaning as they encounter content and how the learning environment may support or inhibit that process
  • Richly detailed cases that allow scrutiny of the research lens used throughout the narrative while allowing for the readers own interpretations
  • Detailed narratives that prompt the readers to experience and understand the various dynamics in each of the classrooms
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About this book

This book documents those first links that students make between content they learn in their classrooms and their prior experiences. Through six late-elementary school case studies these knowledge construction links are brought to life. The links of the students are often rich in describing who these individuals are, where they are in their learning process, and what is meaningful to them. Many times, these links point to what has been learned, both in and out of school, and the contexts when and where that learning took place. The mind as rhizome metaphor was used to guide the development and interpretation of the studies while the lens of Peircian semiotics provides an interpretation for these initial links. The resulting grounded theory is presented through a rich and extensive presentation of excerpts from classroom observations, student interviews, and a student writing activity and describes the varying types of student links, how the links were prompted, the relationships between what the students were learning and what they already knew, and specific types of in-school links. The narrative includes how these links were supported or inhibited in the classroom drawing on the roles of the teachers in the classrooms and what constituted authority sources of information in those classrooms. Before exploring the students’ linking as a process of ongoing semiosis and how this process is part of a dynamic system, a study of the relationship between student knowledge links and achievement is shared. This rich narrative will be of interest to scholars and practitioners alike, and includes an extensive appendix documenting the research methods.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • What Do Students Bring to School?

    Schuh, Kathy L.

    Pages 1-18

  • What Do They Link?

    Schuh, Kathy L.

    Pages 19-40

  • How Is the Linking Process Prompted?

    Schuh, Kathy L.

    Pages 41-59

  • How Are School Content and What the Students Link Related?

    Schuh, Kathy L.

    Pages 61-76

  • What Kinds of School Content and School Contexts Link?

    Schuh, Kathy L.

    Pages 77-93

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0993-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0991-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-94-024-1459-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Making Meaning by Making Connections
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-024-0993-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-024-0993-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-024-0991-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-1459-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 207
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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