Collaborative Modes on Collaborative Problem Solving
Collaborative problem solving (CPS) is an important skill for 21st-century workplaces. We examined the effects of two collaborative modes (learner-on-computer agent mode and learner-on-learner mode) on the CPS performance of 64 college students (28 women, 36 men; age range = 18–22 yr., M = 20.1, SD = 1.2). Participants’ CPS performance scores in the learner-on-computer agent mode were significantly higher than those in the learner-on-learner mode. The optimal mode for teaching CPS skills, the practical implications of using a CPS system, and the limitations of this study are also discussed.
KeywordsCollaborative mode Gender Learning style Problem solving
The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support provided by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of China under Project NSC 102-2511-S-003-059-MY2.
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