Strategizing Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning toward Knowledge Building
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0883-0355, Vol. 49, no 1, 1-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The purpose of this paper is to explore how university students can develop knowledge in small task-based groups while acquiring hands-on computer skills. Inspired by the sociocultural perspective, this study presents a theoretical framework on co-construction of knowledge and on computersupported collaborative learning. The participants were selected from university student teachers in Rwanda who attended a training programme on searching, retrieving and exploiting web-based research data. The findings show that university students working together in small groups to acquire hands-on computer skills can adopt one of three major learning patterns: individual-led, group-led or individual-group hybrid-led. Moreover, the results indicate that the group-led framework seems to create a supportive environment for knowledge building. Nevertheless, university students showed a need for teacher support to allow the development of working ground rules enabling them to focus on criterion-referenced reflection to regulate their learning.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2008. Vol. 49, no 1, 1-9 p.
Computer-supported learning, collaborative learning, criterionreferenced reflection, knowledge building, learning pattern, norm-referenced reflection
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16301DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2010.05.001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-16301DiVA: diva2:133671
On the day of the defence date the status of this article was Submitted.2009-01-132009-01-132010-09-06Bibliographically approved