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Title: Peer Collaboration and Mediation in Elementary Students’ Lamp Designing Process
Authors: Kangas, Kaiju
Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Pirita
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Kangas, K. & Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P. (2012). Peer Collaboration and Mediation in Elementary Students’ Lamp Designing Process. In van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M. J., & Reimann, P. (Eds.), The Future of Learning: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2012) – Volume 1, Full Papers (pp. 267-274). Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The present study examines peer collaboration during elementary students' lamp designing process. By exploring how different aspects of discourse relate to each other as well as to the various tools being used, we aimed to unfold the nature of the collaborative design process. The video recorded design episodes of one student team constituted the data source of the study. Along with the analysis of the main design activities of the process, we created CORDTRA diagrams for analyzing the interaction and the use of tools. The results indicate that the lamp designing process was a successful learning process. Through repeated cycles of designing, and by simulating many professional design practices, the young students were able to collaboratively develop a design, where various constraints determining lamp and light designing were taken into account.
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