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Title: Group Awareness and Self-Presentation in the Information-Exchange Dilemma: An Interactional Approach
Authors: Kimmerle, Joachim
Cress, and Ulrike
Issue Date: Jul-2007
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.
Citation: Kimmerle, J. & Cress, a. (2007). Group Awareness and Self-Presentation in the Information-Exchange Dilemma: An Interactional Approach. In Chinn, C. A., Erkens, G., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2007, Volume 8, Part 1 (pp. 367-375). New Brunswick, NJ, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: A common challenge in many situations of computer-supported collaborative learning is increasing the willingness of those involved to share their knowledge with other group members. As a prototypical situation of computer-supported information exchange, a shared- database setting was chosen for the current study. This information-exchange situation represented a social dilemma: while the contribution of information to a shared database induced costs and provided no benefit for the individual, the entire group suffered when all members decided to withhold information. In order to alleviate the information-exchange dilemma, a group-awareness tool was employed. It was hypothesized that participants would use group awareness for self- presentational purposes. For the examination of this assumption, the personality variable `protective self-presentation' (PSP) was measured. An interaction effect of group awareness and PSP was found: when an awareness tool provided information concerning the contribution behavior of each individual, this tool was used as a self-presentation opportunity. In order to understand this effect in more detail, single items of the PSP-scale were analyzed.
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