Interaction between tool and talk: how instruction and tools support consensus building in collaborative inquiry‐learning environments

H. Gijlers (Corresponding Author), N. Saab, W.R. van Joolingen, Ton de Jong, B.H.A.M. van Hout-Wolters

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    Abstract

    The process of collaborative inquiry learning requires maintaining a mutual understanding of the task, along with reaching consensus on strategies, plans and domain knowledge. In this study, we explore how different supportive measures affect students' consensus‐building process, based on a re‐analysis of data from four studies. We distinguish between scaffolds that aim at supporting students' collaborative processes and scaffolds that aim primarily at supporting the inquiry learning process. The overall picture that emerges from the re‐analysis is that integration‐oriented consensus‐building activities are facilitated by scaffolds that provide explicit instruction in rules for effective collaboration and by scaffolds that encourage students to collaboratively construct a representation. Scaffolds that display inter‐individual differences between students' opinions resulted primarily in quick consensus‐building activities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)252-267
    JournalJournal of computer assisted learning
    Volume25
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • Inquiry learning
    • Collaborative learning
    • Learning environments
    • Science education
    • Cognitive tools
    • CSCL

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