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Collaborative Knowledge Construction Through Shared Representations

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Title: Collaborative Knowledge Construction Through Shared Representations
Authors: Suthers, Daniel D.
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society
Citation: Suthers, Daniel D. "Collaborative Knowledge Construction Through Shared Representations." In Proceedings of the 38th Hawai‘i International Conference on the System Sciences (HICSS-38), January 3-6, 2005, Waikoloa, Hawai‘i (CD-ROM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).
Abstract: This paper is concerned with the question of how activity mediated by shared representations–notations that are manipulated by more than one person during a collaborative task–might constitute knowledge construction activity. The paper begins with a brief review of theoretical perspectives on how representations mediate collaborative knowledge construction, to identify the kinds of events we would look for as evidence of knowledge construction in via a representational medium. Then the paper draws on data from a prior study in which participants collaborated via a graphical representation as well as a verbal “chat” tool, to identify instances of such events and illustrate ways in which the activity of two individuals can be coupled and joined into a larger cognitive (and sometimes knowledge construction) activity distributed across the persons and representations they are manipulating.
Pages/Duration: 10 pages
Rights: The original version of this work was published by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, available at:
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