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So, H. J. (2007). Improving young learners’ scientific understanding in CSCL environments. In C. A. Chinn, G. Erkens, & S. Puntambekar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2007 (pp. 645-647). New Jersey, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
The purpose of the present study was to improve young learners’ scientific
understanding in CSCL environments. The study consisted of two phases: Phase I for fostering a
collaborative learning culture, and Phase II for using Knowledge Forum as a CSCL tool. Primary
3 students in one Singapore school participated in this study. Findings suggested that while
students were motivated to learn in CSCL environments, they had difficulties monitoring and
sharing knowledge for their own understanding. Additionally, a great deal of teacher guidance
was needed to encourage student participation in collaborative knowledge building processes.
Overall, this study may imply that students at this early stage of schooling need more structured
guidance to improve their understanding in CSCL environments.
This paper was presented at the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), held in New Jersey, USA from 16 - 21 Jul 2007
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