Title: Creating computer supported collaborative learning in Finnish schools: research perspectives on sociocognitive effects

Authors: Sanna Jarvela, Kai Hakkarainen, Lasse Lipponen, Erno Lehtinen

Addresses: University of Oulu, PO Box 222, 90571 Oulu, Finland. University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology, PO Box 13, SF-00014 Helsinki, Finland. University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology, PO Box 13, SF-00014 Helsinki, Finland. University of Turku, Department of Teacher Education, Lemminkaisenkatu 1, SF-20520 Turku, Finland

Abstract: Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) is one of the most promising innovations which will improve teaching and learning with the help of modern information and communication technology. In this article, we discuss the theoretical principles derived from educational and cognitive psychology for developing CSCL culture in Finnish schools. We also describe a large research project based on the theoretical principles emphasised. The purpose of the research project is to analyse the cognitive and social effects of CSCL in elementary and high schools. The project is still in progress and is being carried out by setting up CSCL networks in several lower and upper elementary schools and also high school classrooms in Finland. In this paper, we report on our intensive case studies for analysing the socio-cognitive effects of CSCL and describe a study where Computer Supported Intentional Learning Environment (CSILE) was used for science learning projects in upper elementary classrooms.

Keywords: technology; learning; computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL); cognitive processes; motivation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2001.000406

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2001 Vol.11 No.4/5/6, pp.365-374

Published online: 16 Jul 2003 *

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