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Collaborative Learning and Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Environments

  • Maarit Arvaja
  • Päivi Häkkinen
  • Marja Kankaanranta
Part of the Springer International Handbook of Information Technology in Primary and Secondary Education book series (SIHE, volume 20)

Abstract

A focus on purely individual cognition has set a stage to social construction of knowledge. New learning environments, in many cases supported by computer technology, are often based on collaborating and sharing expertise. As a result research on Computer Supported Collaborative learning (CSCL) environments is a significant and growing field, which actively seeks new methods to resolve the challenges of human learning across diverse levels of interaction in a modern information society. In this chapter we will discuss the concept of collaborative learning and the issues involved in using information and communication technology to support collaborative learning. We begin with the definition of collaboration, which lays the foundation for diverse research perspectives and methodologies on collaborative learning. The chapter also reviews the potential of CSCL environments, and addresses the challenges CSCL environments face.

Keywords

collaborative learning shared knowledge construction computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) collaborative technology collaborative use of technology 

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© Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maarit Arvaja
    • 1
  • Päivi Häkkinen
    • 1
  • Marja Kankaanranta
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Educational ResearchUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

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