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Title: A Comparative analysis of understanding practices in the VMT environment
Authors: Koschmann, Timothy
Stahl, Gerry
Issue Date: Jun-2009
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Koschmann, T. & Stahl, G. (2009). A Comparative analysis of understanding practices in the VMT environment. In Dimitracopoulou, A., O'Malley, C., Suthers, D., & Reimann, P. (Eds.), Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Practices: CSCL2009 Community Events Proceedings (pp. 28-30). Rhodes, Greece: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Our analysis of the VMT data focuses on the development of representational practices. Our method traces contingent relationships between events at two granularities. We begin with an event in which the group is applying shared practices for the class of mathematical problems under consideration. In this event, participants construed certain inscriptions as representational resources for resolving the question at hand. We then search backwards to find chronologically prior episodes in which these and related inscriptions are constructed, resulting in a sequence of episodes through which the representational practices were developed. We then work forwards within each episode to construct an account of how the inscriptions become representations through the negotiated practices of participants, using methods similar to conversation analysis but attending to inscriptional acts as well as conversations in the chat tool. The resulting account shows not only how practices are negotiated locally, but also how prior work is re-invoked with the aid of persistent inscriptions. Intersubjective meaning-making takes place in interaction, but not in a vacuum: it draws on the history and resources of the group.
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