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Title: Sensitivities to Early Exchange in Synchronous Computer-supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Groups
Authors: Kapur, Manu
Voiklis, John
Kinzer, and Charles
Issue Date: Jul-2007
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.
Citation: Kapur, M., Voiklis, J., & Kinzer, a. (2007). Sensitivities to Early Exchange in Synchronous Computer-supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Groups. In Chinn, C. A., Erkens, G., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2007, Volume 8, Part 1 (pp. 333-343). New Brunswick, NJ, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This study reports the impact of high sensitivity to early exchange in 11th-grade, CSCL triads solving well- and ill-structured problems in Newtonian Kinematics. Analysis of the evolution of participation inequity (PI) in group discussions suggested that participation levels tended to get locked-in relatively early on in the discussion. Similarly, high (low) quality member contributions made earlier in a discussion did more good (harm) than those made later on. Both PI and differential impact of member contributions suggest a high sensitivity to early exchange; both significantly predicting the eventual group performance, as measured by solution quality. Consequently, eventual group performance could be predicted based on what happened in the first 30-40% of a discussion. In addition to theoretical and methodological implications, implications for scaffolding CSCL groups are drawn.
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