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Title: CSCL and Vocational Education: A Bond Worthy of Investigation?
Authors: Schwendimann, Beat A.
De Wever, Bram
Hämäläinen, Raija
Cattaneo, Alberto A. P.
Issue Date: Jul-2017
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Citation: Schwendimann, B. A., De Wever, B., Hämäläinen, R., & Cattaneo, A. A. (2017). CSCL and Vocational Education: A Bond Worthy of Investigation? In Smith, B. K., Borge, M., Mercier, E., and Lim, K. Y. (Eds.). (2017). Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2017, Volume 2. Philadelphia, PA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Vocational education and training (VET) is tasked to develop its practices to enhance learners’ collaboration skills. Collaborative technologies play an increasing role in initial VET. This paper presents a systematic review on the use of CSCL in initial VET. Starting from an initial set of 823 papers, identified in major databases, each paper was coded by multiple researchers to identify demographics (sample sizes, countries, work domains), methods (data sources, technology design) and outcomes (analysis, forms of collaboration). Finally, only 26 papers met our selection criteria, which illustrates that CSCL research is dominated by K-12 and higher education contexts, while vocational learning contexts are under-represented in this field of study. This observation spurs the question if there is anything unique in VET worthy of being investigated through a CSCL framework. Our analysis hints at a positive answer to this question, both for technological and collaborative components.
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