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ERIC Number: EJ1024264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 94
ISSN: ISSN-0046-1520
Social Aspects of CSCL Environments: A Research Framework
Kreijns, Karel; Kirschner, Paul A.; Vermeulen, Marjan
Educational Psychologist, v48 n4 p229-242 2013
Although there are research findings supporting the positive effects of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), problems have been reported regarding the learning process itself, group formation, and group dynamics. These problems can be traced back to impeded social interaction between group members. Social interaction is necessary (a) for group members to learn from each other in a CSCL environment and (b) for socioemotional processes to help create a social space where trust, sense of community, and strong interpersonal relationships exist. This article introduces a theoretical framework consisting of three core elements: sociability, social space, and social presence, along with their relationships with group members' mental models, social affordances and learning outcomes. It postulates that the three core elements influence the social interaction needed for both learning and the emergence of a social space. This framework serves as a basis for a research agenda for systematic social CSCL research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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