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Title: Meaning Making in CSCL: Conditions and Preconditions for Cognitive Processes by Groups
Authors: Stahl, Gerry
Issue Date: Jul-2007
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.
Citation: Stahl, G. (2007). Meaning Making in CSCL: Conditions and Preconditions for Cognitive Processes by Groups. In Chinn, C. A., Erkens, G., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2007, Volume 8, Part 2 (pp. 651-660). New Brunswick, NJ, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Meaning making is central to the interactions that take place in CSCL settings. The collaborative construction of shared meaning is a complex process that has not previously been analyzed in detail despite the fact that it is often acknowledged as being the distinguishing element in CSCL. Here, a three-minute excerpt from a discussion among three students is considered in some detail. The students are reflecting on their analysis of mathematical patterns in a synchronous online environment with text chat and a shared whiteboard. Several interaction methods and group cognitive processes are identified. The analysis suggests a number of conditions and preconditions of such interaction. These are necessary for achieving the potential of CSCL as the accomplishment of high-order cognitive tasks by small groups of learners. An understanding of the conditions and preconditions of the small-group meaning-making process may aid in the design and analysis of CSCL activities, as well as in the development of a theory of group cognition.
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