Groups, Group Cognition and Groupware

  • Gerry Stahl
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3706)

Abstract

More than we realize it, knowledge is often constructed through interactions among people in small groups. The Internet, by allowing people to communicate globally in limitless combinations, has opened enormous opportunities for the creation of knowledge and understanding. A major barrier today is the poverty of adequate groupware. To design more powerful software that can facilitate the building of collaborative knowledge, we need to better understand the nature of group cognition—the processes whereby ideas are developed by small groups. We need to analyze interaction at both the individual and the group unit of analysis in order to understand the variety of processes that groupware should be supporting. This paper will look closely at an empirical example of knowledge being constructed by a small group and suggest implications for groupware design.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerry Stahl
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  1. 1.Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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