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Title: Examining Dynamics of Implementing Flexible Group Discourse in a Principle-Based CSCL Environment
Authors: Siqin, Tuya
van Aalst, Jan
Chu, Samuel Kai Wah
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Siqin, T., van Aalst, J., & Chu, S. K. (2013). Examining Dynamics of Implementing Flexible Group Discourse in a Principle-Based CSCL Environment. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 1 — Full Papers & Symposia (pp. 446-453). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This study aimed to examine the effect of flexible group collaboration on students' constructive discourse in a principle-based CSCL environment. The participants included 27 Chinese undergraduate students taking a 16-week introductory research methods course. The online discourse adopted a flexible collaboration structure: fixed small group collaboration in the first eight weeks, and opportunistic collaboration in the second eight weeks. The data were collected from students' online discourse notes and assignment tasks. Group differences in small group collaboration and differences between two collaboration structures were examined. Findings indicated that flexible collaboration design helped students to work towards constructive discourse progressively. The study also provided evidence of how students new to principle-based approach engaged in online discourse for conceptual understanding in the Chinese context.
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