The Construction of Shared Knowledge in Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Jeremy Roschelle
  • Stephanie D. Teasley
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 128)


This paper focuses on the processes involved in collaboration using a microanalysis of one dyad’s work with a computer-based environment (the Envisioning Machine). The interaction between participants is analysed with respect to a ‘Joint Problem Space’, which comprises an emergent, socially-negotiated set of knowledge elements, such as goals, problem state descriptions and problem solving actions. Our analysis shows how this shared conceptual space is constructed through the external mediational framework of shared language, situation and activity. This approach has particular implications for understanding how the benefits of collaboration are realised and serves to clarify the possible roles of the computers in supporting collaborative learning.


problem solving physics learning collaboration computer support 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeremy Roschelle
    • 1
  • Stephanie D. Teasley
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Math, Science, and TechnologySchool of Education, University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Learning Research and Development Center, University of PittsburghUSA

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