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ERIC Number: EJ968120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-1556-1607
Instrumental Genesis in Technology-Mediated Learning: From Double Stimulation to Expansive Knowledge Practices
Ritella, Giuseppe; Hakkarainen, Kai
International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, v7 n2 p239-258 Jun 2012
The purpose of the present paper is to examine the socio-cultural foundations of technology-mediated collaborative learning. Toward that end, we discuss the role of artifacts in knowledge-creating inquiry, relying on the theoretical ideas of Carl Bereiter, Merlin Donald, Pierre Rabardel, Keith Sawyer and L. S. Vygotsky. We argue that epistemic mediation triggers expanded inquiry and plays a crucial role in knowledge creation; such mediation involves using CSCL technologies to create epistemic artifacts for crystallizing cognitive processes, re-mediating subsequent activity, and building an evolving body of knowledge. Productive integration of CSCL technologies as instruments of learning and instruction is a developmental process: it requires iterative efforts across extended periods of time. Going through such a process of instrumental genesis requires transforming a cognitive-cultural operating system of activity, thus "reformatting" the brain and the mind. Because of the required profound personal and social transformations, one sees that innovative knowledge-building practices emerge, socially, through extended expansive-learning cycles.
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Language: English
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