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ERIC Number: ED444989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 18
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Construction of Shared Knowledge in Face-to-Face and Computer-Mediated Cooperation.
Fischer, Frank; Mandl, Heinz
This study examined how learners constructed and used shared knowledge in computer-mediated and face-to-face cooperative learning, investigating how to facilitate the construction and use of shared knowledge through dynamic visualization. Forty-eight college students were separated into dyads and assigned to one of four experimental conditions (face-to-face versus computer-mediated cooperation and domain-specific versus domain-unspecific visualization). Students worked on complex cases in which teachers described a plan for an instructional unit and asked for a common evaluation of the plan from a theoretical perspective. Students were given collaborative visualization tools. Dyads in the domain-specific visualization condition received a computer-based graphical mapping tool that included concept cards for case information and cards for theoretical concepts. Learners in the domain-unspecific visualization condition received a computer tool similar to a graphics editor. After pretesting students' domain-specific declarative knowledge and a case task, students collaborated on three cases, then were posttested. Data sources on collaborative knowledge construction came from tape recorded discourses and oral final evaluations. Results indicate that collaborative learning processes were similar among the groups. The processes resulted in comparable resources use, representation, and transfer of shared and unshared knowledge. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany