Na'ama Y. Av-ShalomPh.D. student
Epistemic cognition, modeling, argumentation, discourse, inquiry.
B.Sc. Cognitive Systems, University of British Columbia, 2015
A core aim of schooling is to prepare students to reason effectively in the real world, yet there are many open questions about how precisely to characterize effective reasoning and how to develop classroom environments that promote it. My research interests center on this critical issue, with a focus on modeling and argumentation in the sciences. Looking at both students’ written work and classroom discourse, I explore the processes through which students practice and improve their reasoning abilities. Given the importance of teachers, I am also exploring differences in teachers’ implementation of an inquiry-based science intervention to understand how teachers can best support students’ reasoning in classroom discourse.