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Group Cognition in Computer-Assisted Collaborative Learning

Journal of Computer Assisted Learning Volume 21, Number 2, ISSN 1365-2729 Publisher: Wiley


Recent research on instructional technology has focused increasingly on the potential of computer support to promote collaborative learning. Socio-cultural theories have been imported from cognate fields to suggest that cognition and learning take place at the level of groups and communities as well as individuals. Various positions on this issue have been proposed and a number of theoretical perspectives have been recommended. In particular, the concept of common ground has been developed to explain how meanings and understandings can be shared by multiple individuals. This paper takes a critical look at the concept of shared meaning as it is generally used and proposes an empirical study of how group cognition is constituted in practice.


Stahl, G. (2005). Group Cognition in Computer-Assisted Collaborative Learning. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 21(2), 79-90. Wiley. Retrieved December 16, 2018 from .

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