ERIC Number: ED206265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Knowledge Synthesis and Computer-Based Communication Systems: Changing Behaviors and Concepts.
Vian, Kathleen; Johansen, Robert
The patterns of use of computer-based communication technologies in knowledge synthesis are described by looking at the way groups use the technology for efforts that have at least some qualities of knowledge synthesis. A chart of basic options for communication through computers is provided, showing the generic class of systems, examples of specific systems, group size, form of communication, record keeping access to other resources, and complexity. Eight basic patterns of communication using computer systems are identified and discussed: (1) lots of interpersonal interaction, (2) emphasis on the group, (3) more interaction between users and producers, (4) a valuing of chance, (5) asynchronous communication and asynchronous thought, (6) divergence, (7) informality, and (8) technology as participant. Differences between these patterns and some of the more traditional approaches to knowledge synthesis are described. The paper concludes with some projections from these new behaviors of what the concepts of "knowledge" and "synthesis" may look like in the future. (CHC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for the Future, Menlo Park, CA.
Note: Paper prepared for National Institute of Education: Project on Knowledge Synthesis and Interpretation.