ERIC Number: EJ686114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Reference Count: 52
Group Cognition in Computer-Assisted Collaborative Learning
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v21 n2 p79-90 Apr 2005
Recent research on instructional technology has focused increasingly on the potential of computer support to promote collaborative learning. Socio-cultural theories have been imported from cognate fields to suggest that cognition and learning take place at the level of groups and communities as well as individuals. Various positions on this issue have been proposed and a number of theoretical perspectives have been recommended. In particular, the concept of common ground has been developed to explain how meanings and understandings can be shared by multiple individuals. This paper takes a critical look at the concept of shared meaning as it is generally used and proposes an empirical study of how group cognition is constituted in practice.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Computer Assisted Instruction
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