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Title: Group Sense Making of Multiple Sources in a Hypertext Environment
Authors: Sullivan, Sarah
Knight, Katherine
Puntambekar, Sadhana
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Sullivan, S., Knight, K., & Puntambekar, S. (2011). Group Sense Making of Multiple Sources in a Hypertext Environment. In Spada, H., Stahl, G., Miyake, N., & Law, N. (Eds.), Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice: CSCL2011 Conference Proceedings. Volume I — Long Papers (pp. 224-231). Hong Kong, China: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Collaboration is important for learning science through inquiry. Hypertext and hypermedia environments are increasingly being used to help support inquiry and enable students to build background conceptual knowledge. Previous research has found that students have difficulty reading multiple texts in groups, so this study explored collaborative discussion of multiple sources in a hypertext system after students read individually. Results indicated that the group that engaged most frequently in monitoring the understanding of group members, evaluating ideas and generating questions to share with the class developed the most sophisticated scientific conceptions. Simply navigating the hypertext system effectively and engaging in elaborated science reasoning was not sufficient for students to develop sophisticated conceptual understandings, reiterating the importance of helping young learners to actively reflect on their understanding and question development during collaboration.
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