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Technology affordances for intersubjective meaning making: A research agenda for CSCL

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Now well into its second decade, the field of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) appears healthy, encompassing a diversity of topics of study, methodologies, and representatives of various research communities. It is an appropriate time to ask: what central questions can integrate our work into a coherent field? This paper proposes the study of technology affordances for intersubjective meaning making as an integrating research agenda for CSCL. A brief survey of epistemologies of collaborative learning and forms of computer support for that learning characterize the field to be integrated and motivate the proposal. A hybrid of experimental, descriptive and design methodologies is proposed in support of this agenda. A working definition of intersubjective meaning making as joint composition of interpretations of a dynamically evolving context is provided, and used to propose a framework around which dialogue between analytic approaches can take place.

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Suthers, D.D. Technology affordances for intersubjective meaning making: A research agenda for CSCL. Computer Supported Learning 1, 315–337 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11412-006-9660-y

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  • CSCL research agenda
  • Intersubjective meaning making
  • Representational guidance
  • Technology affordances