Knowledge Building Projects

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Designing knowledge building communities in secondary schools

This Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) research project, funded by the Ministry of Education, is co-designed by researchers from the University of Otago, and teachers from the Virtual Learning Network. It aims at addressing the question of how teachers can best prepare their students to become personal and communal knowledge creators in the knowledge society.

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Otago University Advanced School Sciences project (OUASSA)

Otago University Advanced School Sciences project started in 2011 and supports about 50 high achieving Year 13 students each year to undertake extension activities in the various science that are offered by the university. The students are hosted at two one-week long science camps on the Dunedin Campus – one in January and the other in July. While at the camp students attend daily project sessions in different science subjects, and at other times they attend interactive discussion sessions on the nature and the philosophy of science, knowledge building, science communication, social science. Field trips and fun activities are also an integral and eagerly anticipated part of camp activities.


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