What is Cognitive Science

Dialogic Discourse in Science Classrooms: Discerning & Facilitating

Richard A. Duschl

Thursday, October 21, 2004, 12:00pm - 07:00pm

Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education

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At the heart of any engagement in things scientific, is�developing a sense of what comes to count as evidence.� Evidence to support an explanation and/or evidence to put forth a persuasive argument.� My presentation will review several of my studies examining middle school level students (ages 10-13) argumentation and discourse processes in science.� I will begin with a review of various frameworks (e.g., Toulmin's Argumentation Pattern, Walton's Schemes for Presumptive Reasoning) used to analyze students' discourse.� Next, I will review philosophy of science and cognitive science perspectives that when applied to the design of curriculum instruction and assessment models can guide and support the development of epistemic communities in science classrooms.� Then, two studies examining students' dialogic discourse will be presented.� The focus of the research and presenation is to examine ways for defining and attaining epistemic goals in precollege science programs.

Richard A. Duschl


"What is Cognitive Science?"

This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.

The talks in this lunchtime lecture series are every Thursday during the Fall semester from ** 12:00-1:00 ** in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on  Busch Campus.

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