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Bereiter, C. & Scardamalia, M. (2010). Can children really create knowledge?
Productive knowledge has replaced the concept in schools of 'mastery' challenging that no one can ever know everything in one discipline.
Productive knowledge is new knowledge which must be used in different contexts, explored, challenged with links made to other ideas, intuitions and habits.
Creating productive knowledge will change your persepctive of the world, your thoughts will be structured differently and therefore your intuitions and habits of mind undergo a shift. Therfore it is very powerful learning and can not only create understanding for the learner but can also create new knowledge for our world.
So can children really create new knowledge for our world?
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Applying productive knowledge concept in classrooms involves students participating in arguement, exposition, reflection, as well as using the knowledge in a variety of fun, constructive, problem solving activities.
However collaborative knowledge building is the most powerful. In a knowledge building community participants use knowledge to create new knowledge therefore are productively using the knowledge.