ERIC Number: EJ928195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
Peer Collaboration: The Relation of Regulatory Behaviors to Learning with Hypermedia
Winters, Fielding I.; Alexander, Patricia A.
Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, v39 n4 p407-427 Jul 2011
Peer collaboration is a pedagogical method currently used to facilitate learning in classrooms. Similarly, computer-learning environments (CLEs) are often used to promote student learning in science classrooms, in particular. However, students often have difficulty utilizing these environments effectively. Does peer collaboration help students learn with these environments? Little research looking closely at face-to-face peer collaboration with computer learning environments exists. Utilizing a social-cognitive theoretical framework, this study investigated the relation between the conceptual-knowledge learning and the collaborative regulatory behaviors of students working with a peer as they studied about the human circulatory system using a hypermedia CLE. Fifty-four high-school students from the East Coast of the United States were audiotaped to identify the collaborative regulatory behaviors they evidenced as they studied. Results revealed significant correlations among students' proportion of categories of regulatory behaviors and their learning gains (from pretest to posttest). Moreover, qualitative analyses revealed particular behaviors that larger-gain collaborative pairs engaged in to a greater extent than smaller-gain pairs as they learned with the hypermedia environment.
Descriptors: Cooperation, Hypermedia, Anatomy, Human Body, Classrooms, Learning Processes, Teaching Methods, High Schools, Educational Environment, Science Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Learning Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: United States