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Title: Constructive uses of internet resources for collaborative science learning
Authors: Tang, Kok Sing
Tan, Seng Chee, 1965-
Yeo, Jennifer Ai Choo
Keywords: Knowledge building
Computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL)
Mediating artifacts
Group cognition
Issue Date: Nov-2006
Citation: Paper presented at the International Science Education Conference, Singapore, 22-24 November 2006
Abstract: The claim that Internet resources can support constructivist technology-enhanced learning environments has persisted for many years. Yet prevailing practices do not reflect the characteristics of such an environment largely due to a misconception of the role of Internet resources. This paper examines the role of Internet resources as mediating artifacts within a sociocultural paradigm and how they can be used constructively to facilitate students in appropriating scientific knowledge through a collaborative knowledge building process. A case study from a design research is also presented to show how Internet resources were utilized to mediate a group negotiation process among high school physics students in a computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environment. Implications on the pedagogical design of a constructivist learning environment through the use of Internet resources are discussed.
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