Promoting reflective thinking in collaborative learning activities

Lu Xiao, Shawn Clark, Mary Beth Rosson, John M. Carroll

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Abstract

Constructivist learning theorists believe that it is important to encourage reflexivity, helping learners to think about how they approach problems, and how they look for and find solutions. A rationale is an explanation of the reasons underlying decisions, conclusions, and interpretations. In this study, requiring and supporting rationale sharing within the group is proposed as one way of promoting reflective thinking during collaborative learning activities. A collaborative learning activity was designed and implemented in an undergraduate project management course, requiring the documentation and sharing of decision rationales. A collaborative tool was developed to support the activity. The results of the study show that engaging in the process of documenting decision rationales potentially helped the participants to articulate their thoughts and ideas, effectively explore the course concepts, and engage in higher order thinking. Participants' feedback on the design of the collaborative space for rationale sharing was collected and design implications elicited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - The 8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2008
Pages709-711
Number of pages3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 22 2008
Event8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2008 - Santander, Spain
Duration: Jul 1 2008Jul 5 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings - The 8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2008

Other

Other8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2008
CountrySpain
CitySantander
Period7/1/087/5/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Education

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    Xiao, L., Clark, S., Rosson, M. B., & Carroll, J. M. (2008). Promoting reflective thinking in collaborative learning activities. In Proceedings - The 8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2008 (pp. 709-711). [4561812] (Proceedings - The 8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2008). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICALT.2008.280