The goal of the research reported in this chapter is to explore if children can participate in schools' environmental health, while being supported by teacher mediation and eco-sensors. Eco-sensors should be used as epistemic mediators to support children in acquiring and interpreting environmental data to suggest solutions to schools' environmental health problems. Teacher mediation can scaffold children's epistemic practices to promote children's participation in scientific inquiries, centered on environmental health problem solving. A web-based platform is used as a database and to share, in multiple representations, the data acquired and organized by children. This research includes two case studies on two environmental health problems: sound pollution and air pollution. The identification of children's epistemic practices and of teacher mediation is made using audio recordings, and pre- and post-tests are used to assess other learning results. The results showed that digital sensors and teacher mediation scaffolded children's participation in environmental health.
|Title of host publication||Examining the Roles of Teachers and Students in Mastering New Technologies|
|Number of pages||18|
|ISBN (Print)||9781799821045, 9781799821052|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2020|