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Previous research has shown that peer collaboration can facilitate conceptual change in physics, as long as learners approach the exercise with differing conceptions about the issue at stake. Positive results have been obtained across a wide age range, with a broad selection of topics, and with...
In this article, we report the findings of research that was designed to identify factors associated with learning mathematics in groups with computers. The study was influenced by different theoretical perspectives on social interaction and learning mathematics, and we describe how we attempted...
We assigned 144 children (mean age = 6 years, 11 months) at random to one of four conditions: (a) child alone, (b) child-plus-peer, (c) child-plus-adult (the child's teacher), or (d) child-plus-peer-plus-adult. The task was to control a Turtle using simple Logo commands, and a feedback model of...
Although peer-based work is encouraged by theories in developmental psychology and although classroom interventions suggest it is effective, there are grounds for recognizing that young pupils find collaborative learning hard to sustain. Interpretations of this observation are discussed; it is...
A pluralistic perspective on children's collaborative problem solving was used to investigate the performance of 19 dyads of fourth- and seventh-grade students while they worked on a projection of shadows task. All students were videotaped during their individual pretest and posttest sessions...
Eight pairs of girls and 8 pairs of boys at each of three age groups (3, 5, and 7 years) took part in a three-phase investigation. One child in each pair was taught how to assemble a construction task by a computer-assisted tutoring system. That child then taught a peer of the same age and sex....
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