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Title: Concerning the Cohesive Nature of CSCL Communities
Authors: Woodruff, Earl E.
Issue Date: Dec-1999
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Woodruff, E. E. (1999). Concerning the Cohesive Nature of CSCL Communities. In Hoadley, C. M. & Roschelle, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Computer Support for Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 1999 Conference. Palo Alto, CA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This paper examines the concept of community relative to CSCL networks. Starting from the point of view that a learning community is a group of individuals who engage in discourse for the purpose of advancing the knowledge of a collective, I suggest that these communities are held together by four cohesion factors; namely, function, identity, discursive participation, and shared values. An examination of learning communities suggests that students' knowledge building should improve if CSCL designs attend to, and support, each of the cohesive factors.
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