The Collective Building of Knowledge in Collaborative Learning Environments

The Collective Building of Knowledge in Collaborative Learning Environments

Alexandra Lilaváti Pereira Okada (Pontifical Catholic University and Dante Alighieri School, Brazil)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 30
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-408-8.ch004
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Abstract

The intention of this chapter is to investigate how collaborative learning environments (CLEs) can be used to elicit the collective building of knowledge. This work discusses CLEs as lively cognitive systems and looks at some strategies that might contribute to the improvement of significant pedagogical practices. The study is supported by rhizome principles, whose characteristics allow us to understand the process of selecting and connecting what is relevant and meaningful for the collective building of knowledge. A brief theoretical and conceptual approach is presented and major contributions and difficulties about collaborative learning environments are discussed. New questions and future trends about the collective building of knowledge are suggested.

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