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ERIC Number: EJ803941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Computer-Mediated Collaborative Learning
Beatty, Ken; Nunan, David
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v32 n2 p165-183 Jun 2004
The study reported here investigates collaborative learning at the computer. Ten pairs of students were presented with a series of comprehension questions about Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein or a Modern Prometheus" along with a CD-ROM, "Frankenstein Illuminated," containing the novel and a variety of source material. Five students worked with an interface based on a behaviorist model of instruction and five worked with an interface based on a constructivist model of instruction. It was hypothesized that the constructivist interface would lead to greater exploration and more instances of collaboration. Data included 10 hours of videotaped interactions, answers to the comprehension questions by each dyad, mouse moves and keystrokes as captured by "Lotus ScreenCam" software, and notes generated in the course of transcribing the video interactions. These data were analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively. The study failed to support the hypothesis that a constructivist interface generates greater collaboration. Implications of the study are presented and discussed. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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