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Effects of Individualism-Collectivism in Computer Supported Collaborative learning

Effects of Individualism-Collectivism in Computer Supported Collaborative learning
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Author(s): Yingqin Zhong (National University of Singapore, Singapore) and John Lim (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 5
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch089
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

There are few explorations of the effects of cultural orientation (collectivism vs. individualism) on users’ perceptions in computer supported collaborative learning in spite of the increasing research attention received. This study investigates the differences in perceptions between collectivists and individualists regarding collaborative learning systems in facilitating collaborative learning, group wellbeing and member support. The effects of these user perceptions on the intention to use are also explored. An experiment involving seventy-three subjects from Asian as well as European countries was conducted to test the hypotheses. The study provides important guidelines in both theoretical and practical forms for future collaborative learning system design and usage.

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