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Knowledge Building Symposium

Knowledge Building

Knowledge Building the Journey Begins: A one-day Symposium November 19, 2012 Wanaka, Lake Wanaka Centre

New Zealand teachers are asked to support their students to become “competent thinkers and problem solvers”, who “actively seek, use, and create knowledge” (New Zealand Curriculum, 2007, p.12). A promising way of doing it is to use the knowledge building approach developed by Carl Bereiter and Marlene Scardamalia, using the Knowledge Forum networking software. This one-day symposium will introduce the key concepts of knowledge building, demonstrate the use of Knowledge Forum, and discuss research findings of knowledge building school-based projects conducted both in New
Zealand and overseas.

Who are the speakers?
Keynote Speaker:
Associate Professor Jan van Aalst, University of Hong Kong
Professor Kwok-Wing Lai, University of Otago
Ken Pullar, OtagoNet
Ann Trewern, University of Otago
Carolyn Bennett, FarNet
Conor Bolton, St John’s College
Madeline Campbell, Westland High School/WestNet
Sharon Kelly, Fiordland College/OtagoNet
Tamara Yuill Proctor, St Andrew’s College/GCSN
Darren Sudlow, CantaNet
Tony Zaloum, Orewa College/HarbourNet

Who should attend?
Teachers, educators, researchers who are interested in knowledge
building and/or using technology to support teaching and learning.

What is the cost?
Registration fee: $60 (GST inclusive, lunch, morning and afternoon tea included). Register online www.otago.ac.nz/kbnz or contact Fiona Stuart. Participants should arrange own transport and

Download the flyer here


  • Nicky Ryan

    Have registered and can't wait for this. I have had the opportunity to learn about Knowledge Building through my participation in a postgrad paper this year. This has had a profound effect on my own learning in both attitude, understanding and practice. I know this will be high calibre learning. If you can go...go to this!!

  • Rachel Whalley

    Hi Nicky thanks for your endorsement :-) 

  • Merryn Dunmill

    Very best to all presenting at this exciting symposium. Go Madeline, Tam, and Conor who are VPLD participants,  and highly involved in research around KB in 2012. Your research is invaluable and this symposium is a unique opportunity to share, compare, question, and evaluate the journey so far. 

    Kia kaha

    Merryn Dunmill

    VPLD facilitator

  • Sharlene Carki

    Thank you, I enjoyed this symposium and now find myself contemplating taking a post grad paper on knowledge building next year!