Differences in learning processes between successful and less successful students in computer-supported collaborative learning in the field of human nutrition and health

Noroozi, Omid and Biemans, Harm J and Busstra, Maria C. and Mulder, Martin and Chizari, Mohammad (2011) Differences in learning processes between successful and less successful students in computer-supported collaborative learning in the field of human nutrition and health. Computers in Human Behavior, 27 (1). pp. 309-318. ISSN 07475632

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Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the differences in learning processes between successful and less successful pairs of students in computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) in the field of human nutrition and health. As part of their regular MSc (and optional BSc) course “Exposure assessment in nutrition and health research” at Wageningen University, 44 students were asked (as an individual pretest) to design and analyze a study which evaluates a certain dietary assessment method. Subsequently, they were asked to discuss their evaluation studies in randomized pairs using a CSCL platform. As an individual posttest, students had to re-design and re-analyze the same evaluation study. The quality of students’ knowledge construction in both tests and characteristics of their learning processes in the CSCL environment were assessed through two coding schemes. Based on their learning outcomes (quality of knowledge construction), pairs of students were divided into two subgroups: successful and less successful students. Next, the learning processes of these subgroups were compared. This study revealed that the learning processes of successful and less successful students in the CSCL environment differed in terms of relevance, width and depth of discussion and justification and reasoning. Based on these findings, recommendations for further research and educational practice are formulated.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Interactive learning environments; Cooperative/collaborative learning; Computer-mediated communication; Teaching/learning strategies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Business and Human Resource Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business Research
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 13:10
Last Modified: 12 May 2015 13:10
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2254

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