Discussing, sharing and collaborating: Distributed constructionism goes online

Lloyd, Margaret M. & Duncan-Howell, Jennifer A. (2008) Discussing, sharing and collaborating: Distributed constructionism goes online. In Jeffery, Peter L. (Ed.) Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 2008, 30th November - 4th December, 2008, Brisbane.


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Online curriculum projects are ideally suited to provide spaces for learners to discuss construction activities and contemporary web tools allow the enactment of theories offered in the late 20th Century, particularly those relating to distributed constructionism and the potential of the Internet to enhance teaching and learning. This paper presents a post hoc analysis, using five participating schools as a theoretical sample, of a 2007 online curriculum project, Land Yachts, which involved 142 pre-service students (in 48 teams), 477 primary school students (in 143 teams) and 18 classroom teachers from locations as diverse as Far North Queensland and Western Australia. The analysis will outline the online discussing, sharing and collaborating on constructions that students undertook in order to enhance and extend their knowledge. The paper will conclude that distributed constructionism has much to offer as a framework for designing online curriculum projects but that changes in technology have afforded differing and much interactive connections between learners.

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ID Code: 15349
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: online curriculum project, ICT, technology
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 AARE
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 27 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2014 22:40

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