A mixed-methods approach for studying collaborative learning processes at individual and group levels

Catherine Dornfeld, Naxin Zhao, Sadhana Puntambekar

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Abstract

Learning processes that unfold during small-group collaboration may impact conceptual outcomes for individual students. To study how learning processes unfolded for eighth grade students collaborating in an e-textbook research activity, we analyzed data sources at individual and group levels using multiple methods, including nonparametric tests, text mining, Markov modeling, and quantitative discourse analysis. Individual measures revealed learning gains on content tests and documentation of shared ideas during collaboration. Group measures revealed increased conceptual discourse over time and streamlining of the research process. Measures at each level indicated distinct paths of inquiry for students and groups; however, these differences were not associated with negative conceptual outcomes. These findings have implications for how we understand how collaborative learning processes unfold, especially between the individual and the group, and how we design support for collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaking a Difference
Subtitle of host publicationPrioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL - 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2017 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsBrian K. Smith, Marcela Borge, Emma Mercier, Kyu Yon Lim
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages191-198
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355007
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, CSCL 2017 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Jun 18 2017Jun 22 2017

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, CSCL 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period6/18/176/22/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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