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Factors Influencing Individual Construction of Knowledge in an Online Community of Learning and Inquiry Using Concept Maps

Factors Influencing Individual Construction of Knowledge in an Online Community of Learning and Inquiry Using Concept Maps
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Author(s): Simone C.O. Conceição (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, USA), Maria Julia Baldor (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, USA) and Carrie Ann Desnoyers (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 20
Source title: Handbook of Research on Collaborative Learning Using Concept Mapping
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patricia Lupion Torres (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil) and Rita de Cássia Veiga Marriott (University of Birmingham, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-992-2.ch006

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Abstract

This chapter describes a study that used the community of learning and inquiry and concept maps as strategies to facilitate individual construction of knowledge in an asynchronous online course. Six factors influenced the concept map creation, which in turn affected individual construction of knowledge: group characteristics, social presence, cognitive presence, facilitation style of student, discussion summary format, and teacher presence. Working in a collaborative community allowed students to explore different ideas and concepts, but it was through the individual concept map work that students refined and expanded their knowledge and constructed personal meaning. The chapter concludes with strategies to facilitate individual learning in a collaborative online environment.

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