The effect of dynamic computerized scaffolding on collaborative discourse

Inge Molenaar, Carla A.M. van Boxtel, Peter Sleegers

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    This paper explores the effect of computerized scaffolding and different forms of scaffolds on small groups’ collaborative discourse. We developed a computerized scaffolding system that uses an attention management system to support metacognitive activities in small groups. We previously found that the scaffolding stimulates the group’ metacognitive activities and enhances individual metacognitive knowledge. Moreover different forms of scaffolds have differential effects on learning that cannot be explained by quantitative differences in the groups’ metacognitive activities. Therefore, we investigate to qualitative differences in the groups’ collaborative discourse in this study. We found that groups receiving scaffolding had significantly less ignored metacognitive episodes. Groups receiving problematizing scaffolds had significantly less ignored metacognitive episodes and more co-constructed metacognitive episodes compared to groups receiving structuring scaffolds. These findings indicate that scaffolding indeed positively influenced collaborative discourse and intensive collaborative discourse seems to explain the differential learning effects of different forms of scaffolds.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTowards ubiquitous learning
    EditorsCarlos Delgado Kloos, Denis Gillet, Raquel M. Crespo Garcia, Fridolin Wild, Martin Wolpers
    Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-23985-4
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-23984-7
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2011
    Event6th European Conference of Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2011: Towards ubiquitous learning - Berlin
    Duration: 20 Sep 201123 Sep 2011

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference6th European Conference of Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2011


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