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An information processing perspective on divergence and convergence in collaborative learning

Abstract

This paper presents a model of collaborative learning that takes an information processing perspective of learning by social interaction. The collaborative information processing model provides a theoretical basis for understanding learning principles associated with social interaction and explains why peer-to-peer discussion is potentially more effective than instructor-student discussion. The model explains information divergence as a key process for collaborative learning and information convergence as a key group process for addressing specific learning outcomes.

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Jorczak, R.L. An information processing perspective on divergence and convergence in collaborative learning. Computer Supported Learning 6, 207–221 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11412-010-9104-6

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Keywords

  • Learning
  • Collaboration
  • Information processing
  • CSCL
  • Divergence
  • Convergence
  • Collaborative learning
  • Cooperative learning
  • Social interaction
  • Online discussion
  • Group learning
  • Learning theory