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Title: The Interplay between Self-directed Learning and Social Interactions: Collaborative Knowledge Building in Online Problem-based Discussions
Authors: Lee, Silvia Wen-Yu
Issue Date: Jun-2006
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Lee, S. W. (2006). The Interplay between Self-directed Learning and Social Interactions: Collaborative Knowledge Building in Online Problem-based Discussions. In Barab, S. A., Hay, K. E., & Hickey, D. T. (Eds.), The International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Indiana University 2006. Proceedings of ICLS 2006, Volume 1 (pp. 390-396). Bloomington, Indiana, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This paper illustrates collaborative knowledge building through problem-based learning (PBL) in online threaded discussions. PBL has been one of the most popular instructional approaches in health education. However, few qualitative studies described the essential aspects of the PBL learning processes, such as self-directed learning, and its impact on the building of professional knowledge. Therefore, this study illuminates students' ability to select, evaluate and make use of learning resources, a form of self-directed learning, embedded in a social context. This study aimed to 1) reveal different kinds of resources acquired and presented by students during discussions and to 2) describe patterns of knowledge building that emerged from integration of the above learning resources and consequently led to professional knowledge building. Using qualitative research methods, I analyzed 751 text messages from a distance learning class. The results revealed seven kinds of commonly used resources in the discussion. Results also show knowledge building occurred through the process of 1) enriching conceptual understanding, 2) connecting textbook information and personal experiences, and 3) comparing theories and practical approaches.
URI: https://doi.dx.org/10.22318/icls2006.390
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