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Learning community
Knowledge building
Professional development
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Chai, C. S., & Tan, S. C. (2005). Fostering learning communities among teachers and students: Potentials and issues. In C. K. Looi, D. Jonassen & M. Ikeda (Eds.), Towards sustainable and scalable educational innovations informed by the learning sciences (pp. 27-34). Amsterdam: IOS Press.
This paper explores some potentials and issues of fostering learning
communities through Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) technology in
Singapore classrooms. The subjects were eight teachers who attended a professional
development course conducted at the National Institute of Education. The course focused
on preparing teachers in integrating information technology into teaching and learning.
CSCL, in particular, Knowledge ForumĀ®, was adopted as a platform for online discussion
and knowledge building on these technology integration issues. Interviews with these
teachers and analysis of their online discussion suggest that they appreciate the knowledge
building approach as a means for the students and themselves to learn beyond classroom
and in promoting in-depth learning. However, the teachers felt that the approach was time
consuming and was more suitable for high-ability students.
This paper was presented at the 13th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2005), held in Singapore from 28 Nov to 30 Dec 2005
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