[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study investigated the effects of engaging students to collectively learn and work with knowledge in a computer-supported
collaborative learning environment called Knowledge Forum on their views about knowledge building theory and practice. Participants
were 24 teacher-education students who took a required course titled “Integrating Theory and Practice in Teaching.” Data mainly
came from (1) student discourse recorded in a Knowledge Forum database, (2) a survey that examined students’ views about knowledge
building, and (3) interviews with regard to students’ perceived barriers to implementing knowledge building theory in teaching.
Findings suggest that with sustained discourse to construct their collective understanding of the relationships between theory
and practice in teaching for a semester, the participants were able to attain more informed and practical views about knowledge
building theory. In addition, students’ perceived barriers to implementing knowledge building in teaching were identified
and strategies to help overcome these barriers discussed.
Learning in the Disciplines: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS '10, Chicago, IL, USA, June 29 - July 2, 2010, Volume 1; 01/2010 · 1.83 Impact Factor
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