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Title: Virtual math teams: Investigating information behavior of online small groups
Authors: Zhou, Nan
Cakir, Murat Perit
Sarmiento, Johann W.
Toledo, Ramon Prudencio S.
Charles, Elizabeth
Strijbos, Jan-Willem
Trausan-Matu, Stefan
Xhafa, Fatos
Wessner, Martin
Zemel, Alan
Stahl, Gerry
Weimar, Stephen
Shumar, Wesley
Issue Date: 20-Apr-2006
Publisher: Drexel University. College of Information Science and Technology.
Series/Report no.: IST Research Day 2006 posters
Abstract: The Virtual Math Teams (VMT) project is an NSF-funded research program in which researchers at the College of Information Science and Technology (IST) and the Math Forum investigate the innovative use of online collaborative environments to support effective K-12 mathematics discourse. As part of the VMT project, this study aims to investigate the occurrence and nature of students’ information behavior when they collaborate in small groups to solve mathematical problems within synchronous Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) environments. Learners in CSCL environments exhibit distinctive patterns in their information needs, information seeking, and information use. Their information behavior is shaped by the ways in which learning is achieved through the co-construction of knowledge in computer-mediated collaboration. To capture and understand students’ information behavior, we analyze transcripts of student interactions during collaboration sessions. Preliminary findings are reported that include: 1) Analysis of processes of student information behavior; 2) Description of the resources students employ to seek information; 3) A compilation of categories of student information needs; 4) A study of how successfully information needs in different categories are met. By studying student information behavior in VMT, implications can be drawn for improving the design of learning environments, such as designing scaffolding and digital resources to facilitate collaborative learning.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1602
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