Towards productive multivocality in the analysis of collaborative learning

Daniel D. Suthers*, Kristine Lund, Carolyn Rosé, Gregory Dyke, Nancy Law, Chris Teplovs, Wenli Chen, Ming Ming Chiu, Heisawn Jeong, Chee Kit Looi, Richard Medina, Jun Oshima, Keith Sawyer, Hajime Shirouzu, Jan Willem Strijbos, Stefan Trausan-Matu, Jan Van Aalst

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Research in Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) is diverse and multi-vocal, in that multiple theoretical and methodological traditions speak to questions concerning how learning takes place in social settings. Whether this multivocality leads to balkanization or is a source of strength may require deliberate efforts at identifying strategies and finding boundary objects for productive discourse across this diversity. This paper and associated symposium reports on the results of such an effort-a four-year series of five workshops exploring the basis for productive dialogue between multiple analytic traditions in CSCL. After a brief introduction to our objectives and the series of workshops, we illustrate lessons learned with three examples in which a group of analysts deliberately chosen for their diversity analyzed three small corpora with respect to identifying "pivotal moments" in collaborative learning and compared their results. The project also illustrates more generally the potential value of collaborative learning among researchers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConnecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationCSCL 2011 Conf. Proc. - Community Events Proceedings, 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conf.
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL 2011: Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice - University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 4 Jul 20118 Jul 2011
Conference number: 9


Conference9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL 2011
Abbreviated titleCSCL
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
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