Fostering knowledge building among low achievers through technologies: a perspective from Singapore
Teaching and Learning, 25(1), 89-102
This study explores knowledge building amongst low achievers using Knowledge Forum (KF), an electronic asynchronous discussion medium. A case study was conducted at a government-aided school in Singapore. It was expected that low achievers would be less capable of constructing knowledge independently. However, there was indication of a partial success in fostering a spirit of independent collaborative learning. This could challenge the practice of labelling students according to how well they performed in traditional paper-and-pencil tests. The aim of this case study is to explore the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in shifting the learningpattern of these lower achievers from the diferent ways the students experienced the process of collaborative knowledge construction using KE Through analysis of the postings and interviews of students, the shift of views about learning for this group of low achievers in the following major area was identified: perception of knowledge acquisition, process of knowledge construction and the patterns of communication and collaboration.