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Title: Collaboration and knowledge integration
Authors: Gerard, Libby
Tate, Erika
Chiu, Jennifer
Corliss, Stephanie
Linn, Marcia
Issue Date: Jun-2009
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Gerard, L., Tate, E., Chiu, J., Corliss, S., & Linn, M. (2009). Collaboration and knowledge integration. In O'Malley, C., Suthers, D., Reimann, P., & Dimitracopoulou, A. (Eds.), Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Practices: CSCL2009 Conference Proceedings (pp. 188-193). Rhodes, Greece: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: We draw on three examples from the Technology Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) project to show how collaborative activities designed following knowledge integration patterns contribute to science learning. By knowledge integration we refer to learners sorting out their many, often contradictory, ideas to develop coherent understanding. Research on instruction suggests four interrelated processes that jointly lead to integrated understanding: eliciting current ideas, adding new ideas, evaluating ideas, and sorting out ideas. These processes characterize design patterns that promote knowledge integration. We describe how knowledge integration patterns informed the design of collaborative activities for Chemical Reactions and report on the value of heterogeneity in small groups. We describe how teachers learned from each other while refining an on-line teacher's guide for Asthma. We describe how teachers engaged in collaborative customization of the plate tectonics unit and show that the revised unit resulted in improved student learning.
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