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Cultural ways of constructing knowledge: the role of identities in online group discussions

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
Issue number2
Volume11
Number of pages30
Pages (from-to)157-186
Publication statusPublished
Early online date22/04/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Learning scientists and the CSCL community have argued that knowledge construction is a process of collective thinking; a process that is simultaneously personal and social that requires group cognition. However, while CSCL researchers have investigated situated knowledge in the process of collective thinking, little work has been done to fully understand how different identification categories play a role in sense-making and knowledge construction. This research, therefore, explores in detail how individuals operationalize identification categories when they engage in group discussions in online learning environments.

Results demonstrate that individuals do not experience online learning through only one aspect
of their identity. Rather, learning experiences evoke different elements of their identities that
are used continuously and simultaneously when they collaborate with each other in the phases
of knowledge construction.

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The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11412-016-9233-7