A situation or process in which the participants themselves assume responsibility for the advancement of their knowledge and inquiry (Scardamalia, 2002; cf. Damsa 2010). Rather than rely on the teacher’s or tutor’s cognitive authority, the participants take responsibility for their own thinking and problem solving. Through epistemic agency, the participants are authoring themselves as well as their knowledge objects.

See also Agency, Interagency, Transformative Agency, Trialogical Agency.


Damsa, C. I., Kirschner, P. A., Andriessen, J. E. B., Erkens, G., Sins, P. H. M. (2010). Shared epistemic agency - An empirical study of an emergent construct. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 19(2), 143 - 186.

Scardamalia, M. (2002). Collective cognitive responsibility for the advancement of knowledge. In B. Jones (Ed.), Liberal education in a knowledge society (pp.67–98). Chicago: Open Court. Available online.

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