Collaboration Scripts in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning

Fischer, F., Kollar, I., Stegmann, K., Wecker, C., Zottmann, J., & Weinberger, A. (2013). Collaboration Scripts in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning.  In Hmelo-Silver, C. E. (Ed.). The international handbook of collaborative learning. (pp. 233-249). New York: Routledge

“Information and communication technologies are being used increasingly to support collaboration in formal and informal educational settings.  Research on computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL; Stahl, Koschmann, & Suthers, 2006) has investigated methods of employing computer technologies to facilitate collaborative processes in groups of learners, and are typical for the realization of advanced instructional approaches such as inquiry learning (Linn, Lee, Tinker, Husic, & Chiu, 2006) or knowledge building (Scardamalia & Bereiter, 1996, Stahl, 2002; Strijbos, Kirschner, & Martens, 2004), many learners have difficulty exploiting these opportunities when simply assigned to groups and left to their own devices (e.g., Barron, 2003).  This especially applies when learners have little….


Looks at scripted roles in groups and how they can be used effectively to help and guide students. Scripts provide interaction rather than content related support.   Chapter gives “an overview of general research on the effectiveness of the collaboration script approach to facilitate CSCL” (p. 414).

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