ERIC Number: ED456683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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Collaborative Inquiry of Learning Groups in College Settings.
Bilics, Andrea R.; Lerch, Carol M.
Collaboration in the classroom was studied using the Web of Intersubjectivity (L. Albert and others, 1999), a model of collaboration, and the concept of intersubjective inquiry was developed and explored. This study represents the third phase of an ongoing research project. In the first phase, researchers identified the Web of Intersubjectivity and intersubjective inquiry. In the second phase, researchers applied the Web of Intersubjectivity in their professional practices, and phase 3 concerned the use of intersubjective inquiry as research tool to assess the Web of Intersubjectivity as a model to guide the development and support of collaborative groups in individual classrooms. Intersubjective inquiry is a combination of the components of a bootstrap group, as identified by Heron (1996) and the tenets of educational action research. Data sources for this study included recorded conversations, e-mail discussions, field notes, readings, and samples of student work. Pedagogical practices were studied with 84 college algebra students and reflections were studied with 7 graduate students in a Master's program in occupational therapy. Study findings support the use of the Web of Intersubjectivity as a metaphor for planning and modifying collaborative learning experiences at graduate and undergraduate levels. They also show the fluid nature of the Web construct and the usefulness of intersubjective inquiry. (Contains 41 references.) (SLD)
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