Online Collaborative Learning in Mathematics: Some Necessary Innovations

Online Collaborative Learning in Mathematics: Some Necessary Innovations

Rod Nason (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) and Earl Woodruff (OISE-University of Toronto, Canada)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 29
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-174-2.ch005
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Abstract

This chapter discusses why computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environments have been unsuccessful in facilitating knowledge building in mathematics. It identifies two of the major reasons why this is so and suggests these issues could be overcome by the inclusion of model-eliciting mathematical problems and comprehension modeling tools within CSCL environments. Theoretical frameworks to inform the design of these two types of artifacts are presented. The authors argue that such innovations in the design of CSCL environments are necessary for students to achieve in mathematics the kind of sustained, progressive knowledge building that can now be found in other subject areas.

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