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ERIC Number: EJ726317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 24
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
The Effects of the Collaborative Representation Supporting Tool on Problem-Solving Processes and Outcomes in Web-Based Collaborative Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Environments
Lee, Miyoung; Kim, Dong-Sik
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v16 n3 p273-293 2005
Web-based collaborative Problem-Based Learning (PBL) environments have great potential for learner improvement in solving ill-structured problems in practical situations. Web-based environments, however, offer learners relatively few chances to solve problems through face-to-face interactions compared to traditional classrooms, thereby making it difficult for learners to develop a shared understanding for particular mutual task performances. Therefore, academic efforts are needed to overcome this limitation. As one such effort, this study suggests the use of Collaborative Representation Supporting Tool (CRST), which is newly developed to support learners in constructing their shared knowledge structures collaboratively. This visibly persistent tool may effectively lead people toward more focused discourses by providing them with the means to externalize their emerging knowledge. As a result of providing the CRST, the conclusion could be made that this tool was highly beneficial for learners. In PBL processes as well as PBL outcomes, the use of the CRST had more positive effects statistically than the use of a web bulletin board without the CRST. The results of this study suggest that the CRST can be a helpful tool to support collaborative learning in web-based collaborative PBL environments. (Contains 8 tables and 6 figures.)
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, P.O. Box 1545, Chesapeake, VA 23327-1545. Tel: 757-366-5606.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea