ERIC Number: EJ794653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Sensitivities to Early Exchange in Synchronous Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Groups
Kapur, Manu; Voiklis, John; Kinzer, Charles K.
Computers & Education, v51 n1 p54-66 Aug 2008
This study reports the impact of high sensitivity to early exchange in 11th-grade, CSCL triads solving well- and ill-structured problems in Newtonian Kinematics. A mixed-method analysis of the evolution of participation inequity (PI) in group discussions suggested that participation levels tended to get locked-in relatively early on in the discussion. Similarly, high (low) quality member contributions made earlier in a discussion did more good (harm) than those made later on. Both PI and differential impact of member contributions suggest a high sensitivity to early exchange; both significantly predicting the eventual group performance, as measured by solution quality. Consequently, eventual group performance could be predicted based on what happened in the first 30-40% of a discussion. In addition to drawing theoretical and methodological implications, implications for scaffolding CSCL groups are also discussed.
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Technology, Discussion Groups, Group Dynamics, Student Participation, Instructional Effectiveness, Predictor Variables, Correlation, Grade 11, Kinetics, Science Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 11; Secondary Education
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