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ERIC Number: ED472925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 18
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Encouraging Collaborative Learning: Computer-Mediated Conferencing or Fishbowl Interaction.
Miller, Richard L.; Benz, Joseph J.; Wysocki, Diane Kholos
Two methods for promoting peer collaboration among students conducting research were examined. Student interaction was structured using either computer-mediated conferencing or the fishbowl technique. Both techniques produced similar levels of student participation. Questionnaire results indicated that the fishbowl technique was perceived as providing somewhat greater benefits in solving research problems although students viewed both techniques positively. In general, students were similar in their motivation for using either of the discussion techniques, with seeking help on their research project being the highest-rated reason. An advantage to computer mediated conferencing is that is can be implemented in large classes where the fishbowl technique would be impractical. Both techniques are therefore available to improve student participation in class. (Contains 15 references and 3 tables.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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