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Primary students' group metacognitive processes in a computer supported collaborative learning environment

Chalmers, Christina (2009) Primary students' group metacognitive processes in a computer supported collaborative learning environment. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

The current understanding of students’ group metacognition is limited. The research on metacognition has focused mainly on the individual student. The aim of this study was to address the void by developing a conceptual model to inform the use of scaffolds to facilitate group metacognition during mathematical problem solving in computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environments. An initial conceptual framework based on the literature from metacognition, cooperative learning, cooperative group metacognition, and computer supported collaborative learning was used to inform the study. In order to achieve the study aim, a design research methodology incorporating two cycles was used. The first cycle focused on the within-group metacognition for sixteen groups of primary school students working together around the computer; the second cycle included between-group metacognition for six groups of primary school students working together on the Knowledge Forum® CSCL environment. The study found that providing groups with group metacognitive scaffolds resulted in groups planning, monitoring, and evaluating the task and team aspects of their group work. The metacognitive scaffolds allowed students to focus on how their group was completing the problem-solving task and working together as a team. From these findings, a revised conceptual model to inform the use of scaffolds to facilitate group metacognition during mathematical problem solving in computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environments was generated.

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ID Code: 29819
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Nason, Rodney& McRobbie, Campbell
Keywords: computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL), group learning, group metacognition, group problem solving, groups, Knowledge Forum®, online teams, shared understanding, task, team
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 19 Jan 2010 16:01
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 05:54

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