FRAP (2008-2010)

  • 2008-2010 Collective Responsibility for Deepening Inquiry: A Focus on Progressive Questioning in a Communal Space. Funded by the Faculty Research Award Program (FRAP A) of the University at Albany, $9,615. (Principal Investigator: Jianwei Zhang )

This project investigates means by which young students can engage in sustained, productive knowledge work supported by a collaborative online environment. Through a design experiment, this research tests interventions in elementary science classrooms supported by CSILE/Knowledge Forum, focusing on progressive questioning and constructive use of authoriative sources as students negotiate their courses of inquiry. Both qualitative and quantitative data are analyzed, focusing on how student-identified key concepts and questions help inform collective knowledge goals and promote sustained, productive discourse, online and offline.


Zhang, J., Lee, J., & Wilde, J. (2012). Metadiscourse to foster collective responsibility for deepening inquiry. In Jan van Aalst, Kate Thompson, Michael J. Jacobson, and Peter Reimann (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences (pp.395-402). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).

Zhang, J., & Sun, Y. (2011). Reading for idea advancement in a grade 4 knowledge building community. Instructional Science, 39 (4), 429-452.