Cognitive convergence in collaborative learning

Stephanie D. Teasley, Frank Fischer, Armin Weinberger, Karsten Stegmann, Pierre Dillenbourg, Manu Kapur, Michelene Chi

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Collaborative learning, as both a pedagogical method and a cognitive mechanism plays a prominent role in the Learning Sciences. In this symposium we will use the term “cognitive convergence” to encompass various concepts that have been used to explain the important processes underlying successful collaboration, such as intersubjectivity, coconstruction, knowledge convergence, common ground, joint problem space, and transactive reasoning. The goal of the symposium is to contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms of cognitive convergence and to relate cognitive convergence to individual learning outcomes. We include studies that emphasize detailed analyses of the mechanisms, provide ideas about how to conceptualize and measure convergence, and include qualitative and quantitative measures of shared and converging learning outcomes. A special emphasis will be on methodological questions about how to analyze the processes of achieving convergence and how to assess how convergence affects outcomes of collaborative learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference of the Learning Sciences 2008
Subtitle of host publicationCre8ing a learning world, Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 23-28, 2008
EditorsJ. van Merriënboer, G. Kanselaar, P. Kirschner, T. de Jong
PublisherACM Publishing
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2008: International Perspectives in the Learning Sciences: Cre8ing a Learning World - Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: 23 Jun 200828 Jun 2008
Conference number: 8


Conference8th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2008
Abbreviated titleICLS


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