Self-Regulated Learning in Online Mathematical Problem-Solving Discussion Forums

Self-Regulated Learning in Online Mathematical Problem-Solving Discussion Forums

Bracha Kramarski (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0315-8.ch094
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Abstract

Online discussion forums have created both opportunities and challenges in the instruction of mathematics. They provide a variety of tools for sharing knowledge during the solution process, which can enhance students’ mathematical problem solving. However, research also indicates that students have difficulty engaging in the processes involved in using discussion forums, which require the ability to coordinate knowledge with solution strategies and control behaviors (i.e., monitoring). This ability is the essence of self-regulated learning (SRL). This article presents how one may stimulate students’ online SRL in mathematical problem-solving discussion forums by using support techniques. An overview of four research fields, along with the leading experts in each field, presents the complexity of mathematical problem-solving online discussion forum tools, SRL models and self-questioning support techniques using the IMPROVE model. Future directions are suggested.
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The entry provides an overview of four research fields, along with the leading experts in each field. (a) Online mathematical problem-solving discussion forums. The experts in field include Alan Schoenfeld of UC Berkeley regarding mathematical problem solving, Roger Azevedo of McGill University regarding technology, Bracha Kramarski of Bar-Ilan University regarding mathematical problem solving in online forums, Robert Slavin of Johns Hopkins University regarding the collaborative aspect, and Jean Lave Wenger of UC Berkeley regarding communities of practice. (b) SRL models. The experts in the field include Barry J. Zimmerman of the graduate center of CUNY and Paul Pintrich (1953-2003) of the University of Michigan. (c) SRL self-questioning support. The experts in the field include Alison King of San Marcos University and Alan Schoenfeld of UC Berkeley regarding generic self-questioning. (d) IMPROVE self-questioning prompts. The experts in the field include Bracha Kramarski and Zemira Mevarech of Bar-Ilan University.

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