ERIC Number: EJ854790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
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Technology Affordances for Intersubjective Meaning Making: A Research Agenda for CSCL
Suthers, Daniel D.
International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, v1 n3 p315-337 Sep 2006
Now well into its second decade, the field of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) appears healthy, encompassing a diversity of topics of study, methodologies, and representatives of various research communities. It is an appropriate time to ask: what central questions can integrate our work into a coherent field? This paper proposes the study of technology affordances for intersubjective meaning making as an integrating research agenda for CSCL. A brief survey of epistemologies of collaborative learning and forms of computer support for that learning characterize the field to be integrated and motivate the proposal. A hybrid of experimental, descriptive and design methodologies is proposed in support of this agenda. A working definition of intersubjective meaning making as joint composition of interpretations of a dynamically evolving context is provided, and used to propose a framework around which dialogue between analytic approaches can take place.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Research Needs, Epistemology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Research Methodology, Educational Technology, Computer Assisted Instruction, Instructional Design, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning
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