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Title: Questioning and the Quality of Knowledge Ideas in a CSCL Context: A Study on Two Age-groups of Students
Authors: Lai, Ming
Law, Nancy
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Lai, M. & Law, N. (2011). Questioning and the Quality of Knowledge Ideas in a CSCL Context: A Study on Two Age-groups of Students. 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. 33-40). Hong Kong, China: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This paper aims to study the relationship between the type of questions posted and the quality of knowledge ideas expressed in a CSCL context. Previous studies suggest that this relationship may be different for different age-groups. This study was conducted with two classes of students--at grades 6 and 10 respectively. The discourse was analyzed at both thread- and individual-student- levels. It was found that for the sixth-grade students, those who asked better questions also expressed better knowledge ideas. For the tenth-grade students, such a relationship at the individual-student-level was not found. Nonetheless, at the thread-level, there is a positive correlation between the presence of better questions and more developed knowledge ideas in the tenth-grade students' online discourse, but not in the sixth- grade students'. The results suggest further discourse characteristics in addition to questioning to be related to the quality of knowledge ideas expressed.
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