Developing Primary Students' Group Metacognitive Processes in a Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Environment

Chalmers, Christina & Nason, Rodney A. (2003) Developing Primary Students' Group Metacognitive Processes in a Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Environment. In AARE-NZARE 2003 Joint Conference, 2003, Auckland, NZ.


This study investigated the development of group metacognition by three smallgroups of middle-grade primary school students engaged in the collaborativeconstruction of computer-based mathematical models. The three groups of students were part of a cohort of 30 Grade 4-5 students engaged in the construction of mathematical models within the context of a computer-supported collaborativelearning (CSCL) environment. These three groups were chosen for the group metacognition study because they were seriously malfunctioning, little co-operation was evident between them and most of their time was spent on non-productive conflict. During the six week period of the study, the three groups were provided with sets of metacognitive scaffolds and strategies to facilitate group metacognition. The design of the metacognitive scaffolds and strategies was informed by aconceptual framework that was derived from the literature in the fields ofmetacognition, cooperative learning, cooperative group metacognition, andcomputer-supported collaborative learning. The study found that providing thestudents with metacognitive scaffolds and strategies resulted in positive changes in the students’ cooperative work and increased levels of knowledge-building activity. The students formed a ‘collective cognitive responsibility’ for their group work and developed an understanding of how to contribute effectively to the knowledge-building progress of the group

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ID Code: 6872
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The Conference Paper can be freely accessed online via the Conference web page (see hypertext link).
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:00

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