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Title: Problem Solving as a Complex, Evolutionary Activity: A Methodological Framework for Analyzing Problem-Solving Processes in a Computer-Supported Collaborative Environment
Authors: Kapur, Manu
Voiklis, John
Kinzer, Charles K.
Issue Date: May-2005
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Kapur, M., Voiklis, J., & Kinzer, C. K. (2005). Problem Solving as a Complex, Evolutionary Activity: A Methodological Framework for Analyzing Problem-Solving Processes in a Computer-Supported Collaborative Environment. In Koschmann, T., Suthers, D. D., & Chan, T. (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning 2005 (pp. 252-261). Taipei, Taiwan: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Viewed through the lens of complex systems science, one may conceptualize problem- solving interactions among multiple actors, artifacts, tools, and environmental structures as goal-seeking adaptations, and problem-solving itself, as a complex adaptive activity. Theories of biological evolution point to an analogical equivalence between problem solving and evolutionary processes and, thus, introduce innovative methodological tools to the analysis of computer-supported, collaborative, problem-solving processes. In this paper, we present a methodological framework for characterizing and analyzing these processes. We describe four measures that characterize genetic evolution - number, function, fitness, and persistence - to characterize the process of collaborative problem solving, and instantiate them in a study of problem-solving interactions of collaborative groups in an online, synchronous environment. Issues relating to reliability, validity, usefulness, and limitations of the proposed methodology are discussed.
URI: https://doi.dx.org/10.22318/cscl2005.252
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