ERIC Number: ED258551
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Paired Problem Solving in a Computer Context. Technical Report No. 33.
Hawkins, Jan; And Others
The general nature of collaborative work among peers in classrooms is discussed. This framework is applied to the interpretation of a 2-year study which examined how pairs of children in two classrooms (8- and 9-year-olds; 11- and 12-year-olds) worked together to solve computer programming problems in the LOGO language. It was found that students collaborated more when they worked on microcomputer problems than on other classroom tasks, e.g., math and language arts, probably because of specific features of the technology, the expertise available, and the status of the work. There was, however, a wide variation among pairs in the interactions that occurred. For some pairs there was very little planning or evaluation throughout the task, while other pairs engaged in a great deal of planning. When planning occurred, students almost always engaged in some form of negotiation. More evaluative discussion of work occurred in later problem solving sessions. Students were not greatly involved in or successful at explaining a course of action before proceeding with it. There was consistency in the types of interactions that occurred at the beginning and after a year's experience with LOGO, with the possible exception of an increase in evaluative discussion. (Author/MBR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY. Center for Children and Technology.