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Innovations for Online Collaborative Learning in Mathematics

Innovations for Online Collaborative Learning in Mathematics
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Author(s): Rodney Nason (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) and Earl Woodruff (OISE - University of Toronto, Canada)
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 8
Source title: Online and Distance Learning: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lawrence A. Tomei (Robert Morris University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-935-9.ch074

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Abstract

The field of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) has been growing in a number of areas and across a number of subjects (Koschmann, 1996; Koschmann, Hall, & Miyake, 2002; Wasson, Baggetun, Hoppe, & Ludvigsen, 2003). One of the most promising pedagogical advances, however, for online collaborative learning that has emerged in recent years is Scardamalia and Bereiter’s (1996) notion of knowledge-building communities. Unfortunately, establishing and maintaining knowledge-building communities in CSCL environments such as Knowledge Forum® in the domain of mathematics has been found to be a rather intractable problem (Bereiter, 2002b; Nason, Brett, & Woodruff, 1996). In this chapter, we begin by identifying two major reasons why computer-supported knowledge-building communities in mathematics have been difficult to establish and maintain.

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