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Quality not Quantity: Comparing Interaction Patterns of a Balanced and Non-Balanced Teams Engaged In Model-Building within a Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Environment

Roberts, Alan G. & Nason, Rodney A. (2004) Quality not Quantity: Comparing Interaction Patterns of a Balanced and Non-Balanced Teams Engaged In Model-Building within a Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Environment. In International Conference on Computers in Education, November 30 to December 3, 2004, Melbourne.

Abstract

Roberts and Nason (2003) found that teams within a CSCL environment balanced by Team Role Preference (TMP) produced better quality knowledge building than non-balanced teams. This study extended the work of Roberts and Nason by investigating the interaction patterns of the balanced and non-balanced teams’ on-line discussion forum discourse utilising the Poole and Holmes (1995) Functional Category System (FSC). This study found that although the non-balanced teams engaged in more interactions than the balanced teams, quantity of interaction did not equate with quality of interaction; the balanced teams demonstrated more efficient and effective knowledge building interactions than non-balanced teams. These findings indicate that CSCL researchers need to focus not only on the quantity but also on the quality of interactions when designing social infrastructures within CSCL environments.

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ID Code: 3528
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: CSCL, Interaction, Team Role Theory, Model, Building
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:04

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