Studying Virtual Math Teams / Edition 1by Gerry Stahl
Pub. Date: 09/17/2009
Publisher: Springer US
Studying Virtual Math Teams centers on detailed empirical studies of how students in small online groups make sense of math issues and how they solve problems by making meaning together. These studies are woven together with materials that describe the online environment and pedagogical orientation, as well as reflections on the theoretical implications of the findings in the studies. The nature of group cognition and shared meaning making in collaborative learning is a foundational research issue in CSCL. More generally, the theme of sense making is a central topic in information science. While many authors allude to these topics, few have provided this kind of detailed analysis of the mechanisms of intersubjective meaning making.
This book presents a coherent research agenda that has been pursued by the author and his research group. The book opens with descriptions of the project and its methodology, as well as situating this research in the past and present context of the CSCL research field. The core research team then presents five concrete analyses of group interactions in different phases of the Virtual Math Teams research project. These chapters are followed by several studies by international collaborators, discussing the group discourse, the software affordances and alternative representations of the interaction, all using data from the VMT project. The concluding chapters address implications for the theory of group cognition and for the methodology of the learning sciences. In addition to substantial introductory and concluding chapters, this important new book includes analyses based upon the author's previous research, thereby providing smooth continuity and an engaging flow that follows the progression of the research.
The VMT project has dual goals: (a) to provide a source of experience and data for practical and theoretical explorations of group knowledge building and (b) to develop an effective online environment and educational service for collaborative learning of mathematics. Studying Virtual Math Teams reflects these twin orientations, reviewing the intertwined aims and development of a rigorous science of small-group cognition and a Web 2.0 educational math service. It documents the kinds of interactional methods that small groups use to explore math issues and provides a glimpse into the potential of online interaction to promote productive math discourse.
Table of ContentsContents
Figures Tables Logs Authors and Collaborators Part I: Introducing Group Cognition in Virtual Math Teams Introduction to Part I Chapter 1: A Chat About Chat, Gerry Stahl Chapter 2: The VMT Vision, Gerry Stahl Chapter 3: Mathematical Discourse as Group Cognition, Gerry Stahl Chapter 4: Interactional Methods and Social Practices in VMT, Gerry Stahl Chapter 5: From Individual Representations to Group Cognition, Gerry Stahl Part II: Studying Group Cognition in Virtual Math Teams, Gerry Stahl Introduction to Part II Chapter 6: The Sequential Co-Construction of the Joint Problem Space, Johann Sarmiento Chapter 7: The Organization of Graphical, Narrative and Symbolic Interactions, Murat Perit Çakir Chapter 8: Question Co-Construction in VMT Chats, Nan Zhou Chapter 9: Resolving Differences of Perspective in a VMT Session, Ramon Prudencio S. Toledo Part III: Studying Group Discourse in Virtual Math Teams Introduction to Part III Chapter 10: Respresentational Practices in VMT, Richard Medina, Dan Suthers & Ravi Vatrapu Chapter 11: Student and Team Agency in VMT, Elizabeth S. Charles & Wesley Shumar Chapter 12: Group Creativity in VMT, Johann W. Sarmiento Chapter 13: Inscriptions, Mathematical Ideas and Reasoning in VMT, Arthur B. Powell & F. Frank Lai Chapter 14: Readinsg Work in VMT, Alan Zemel & Murat Perit Çakir Part IV: Designing the VMT Collaboration Environment Introduction to Part IV Chapter 15: The Integration of Dual-Interaction Spaces, Martin Mühlpfordt & Martin Wessner Chapter 16: Designing a Mix of Synchronous and Asynchronous Media for VMT, Gerry Stahl Chapter 17: Deictic Referencing in VMT, Gerry Stahl Chapter 18: Scripting Group Processes in VMT, Gerry Stahl Chapter 19: Helping Agents in VMT, Yue Cui, Rohit Kumar, Sourish Chaudhuri, Gahgene Gweon & Carolyn Penstein Rosé
Part V: Representing Group Interaction in VMT Introduction to Part V Chapter 20: Thread-Based Analysis of Patterns in VMT, Murat Perit Çakir, Fatos Xhafa & Nan Zhou Chapter 21: Studying Response-Structure Confusion in VMT, Hugo Fuks & Mariano Pimentel Chapter 22: A Multidimensional Coding Scheme for VMT, Jan-Willem Strijbos Chapter 23: Combining Coding and Conversation Analysis of VMT Chats, Alan Zemel, Fatos Xhafa & Murat Perit Çakir Chapter 24: Polyphonic Inter-Animation of Voices in VMT, Stefan Trausan-Matu & Traian Rebedea Chapter 25: A Model for Analyzing Math Knowledge Building in VMT, Juan Dee Wee & Chee-Kit Looi Part IV: Conceptualizing Group Cognition in VMTIntroduction to Part VI Chapter 26: Meaning Making in VMT, Gerry Stahl Chapter 27: Critical Ethnography in the VMT Project, Terrence W. Epperson Chapter 28: Toward a Science of Group Cognition, Gerry Stahl Notes References Index of Names Index of Terms
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