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ERIC Number: EJ795115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1474-9041
Measuring Social Aspects of Distributed Learning Groups
Jochems, Wim; Kreijns, Karel
European Educational Research Journal, v5 n2 p110-121 2006
Computer-supported group-based learning requires that interaction has to be structured within the group; otherwise it will not happen. Also, it is important to pay attention to social aspects of a distributed learning group (i.e. group dynamics); otherwise a good working team will not emerge. This article proposes a process-oriented framework that considers five critical elements for enhancing interaction in the cognitive dimension. Enhancing social interaction for achieving a sound social space requires a sociable computer-supported collaborative learning environment (CSCL) in which social presence of the group members exists. Such sound social space is considered by many, if not most, educational researchers to be a necessary prerequisite for epistemic interaction. In order to allow designers and teachers to develop sociable CSCL environments, this article proposes three scales to measure social aspects. Although the validation of these scales is somewhat limited, the scales are a first step for making certain characteristics of distributed interaction visible. To provide a more firm base for the scales, this article also calls for more research on this issue. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands