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ERIC Number: ED432581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 26
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Scaffolding for Progressive Discourse in CSILE: Case Study of University Undergraduate Programs.
Oshima, Jun; Oshima, Ritsuko
"Computer-Supported Intentional Learning Environments" (CSILE) is an educational philosophy developed by M. Scardamalia and C. Bereiter (1991) for the design of computer-supported learning environments. CSILE software is a communal database system in which learners are allowed to externalize their thoughts as text or graphic "notes," and then organize their knowledge collaboratively to advance their communal understanding. A web-based version of CSILE (WebCSILE) was used in university courses in Japan to explore the effects of CSILE on learning with a Japanese student population. The study examines the frameworks of discourse in learning communities with and without instructional scaffolding to determine the additional support novices might need as they used CSILE. Participants were groups of 30 and 24 Japanese undergraduates. Students used WebCSILE as a tool in collaborative discourse, and its use appeared to expand their communication and collaboration. However, providing scaffolding seemed to students to be supplying tasks that they had to complete by specific dates. Instructional interventions were thus transformed into simple tasks. Some suggestions are made for improved use of CSILE in the Japanese context. (Contains 2 tables, 6 figures, and 20 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan