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Discount on MIT Press books for ISLS members
Press is offering ISLS members a 20% discount on all books.
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and other titles which may be of particular interest to ISLS
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New Books of Note
Analyzing Collaborative Interactions in CSCL: Methods, Approaches, and Issues
Sadhana Puntambekar, Gijsbert Erkens, and Cindy Hmelo-Silver, editors.
In more than two decades of research in CSCL (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning), researchers have used several methods to understand how individuals learn in groups and how groups of learners construct knowledge. The individual and group learning processes have been studied using a variety of methods. Analyzing Collaborative Interactions in CSCL reveals the wide range of this research: qualitative and quantitative methods, studies of the learning process as well as outcomes, and the measurement of group and individual members’ learning. Focusing on three major research areas—group processes, learning within groups, and frameworks for analyzing CSCL—leading scholars present models, methods, and tools that readers can adapt to fit their own projects. Basic research issues such as defining the unit of analysis, determining the grain size of the data, and representing the temporality of interactions are discussed in the context of these methods addressing issues such as: • Studying group cognition through the lens of social order. • Using visualization methods to assess group members’ individual progress. • Analyzing collaborative interactions with data mining methods. • Assessing student project groups online and offline. • Using multilevel analysis in text-based communication. • Analyzing collaborative interactions across settings and domains. Together, the chapters in Analyzing Collaborative Interactions in CSCL model a range of methods for CSCL researchers in education, education technology, and cognitive science.
Web 2.0-Based E-Learning: Applying Social Informatics for Tertiary Teaching
IGI Global (2010)
Edited by Mark J. W. Lee, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Catherine McLoughlin, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Educational communities today are rapidly increasing their interest in Web 2.0 and e-learning advancements for the enhancement of teaching practices. Web 2.0-Based E-Learning: Applying Social Informatics for Tertiary Teaching provides a useful and valuable reference to the latest advances in the area of educational technology and e-learning. This innovative book offers an excellent resource for any practitioner, researcher, or academician with an interest in the use of the Web for providing meaningful learning experiences. (more)
Studying Virtual Math Teams
Stahl, G. (2009). Springer.
A comprehensive, integrated report on a major CSCL research effort,
including chapters by 29 authors from the project team and 10
collaborating centers. It includes sections on project philosophy,
pedagogy and technology; interaction analysis; methodology; software
design; interaction representations; and theory. This is a follow-up to
Stahl, G. (2006) "Group Cognition: Computer Support for Building
Collaborative Knowledge", MIT Press, 510 pages—carrying out the kinds
of development, interventions, analysis and theory building proposed
there. You can download the book’s table of contents or a flyer with order form. The book is available in hardback and ebook (including as individual chapters) from Springer Press with a 25% discount for ISLS members, or from Amazon.
WISE Science: Inquiry and the Internet in the Science Classroom
Slotta, J. D. & Linn, M. C. (2009). Teachers College Press.
This book shares the lessons learned by a large community of
educational researchers and science teachers as they designed,
developed, and investigated a new technology-enhanced learning
environment known as WISE: The Web-Based Inquiry Science Environment.
WISE offers a collection of free, customizable curriculum projects on
topics central to the science standards as well as guidance for
teachers on how these Internet-based projects can be used to improve
learning and instruction in their science classrooms (grades 6-12).
Hundreds of teachers and over 100,000 students have learned from WISE
projects taught in English, Norwegian, Dutch, German, Hebrew, Chinese,
Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America Allan Collins and Richard Halverson (2009). Teachers College Press
Allan Collins and Richard Halverson argue that the way computers have
transformed our workplaces and lives can and should be adapted to
transform American education. This groundbreaking book offers a vision
for the future that goes well beyond the walls of the classroom to
include online social networks, distance learning, digital home
schooling models, video games, and more.
Argumentation and Education: Theoretical Foundations and Practices
Muller Mirza, Nathalie; Perret-Clermont, Anne-Nelly (Eds.) Springer 2009
During the last decade, argumentation has attracted growing attention
as a means to elicit processes (linguistic, logical, dialogical,
psychological, etc.) that can sustain or provoke reasoning and
learning. Constituting an important dimension of daily life and of
professional activities, argumentation plays a special role in
democracies and is at the heart of philosophical reasoning and
scientific inquiry. Argumentation, as such, requires specific
intellectual and social skills. Hence, argumentation will have an
increasing importance in education, both because it is an important
competence that has to be learned, and because argumentation can be
used to foster learning in philosophy, history, sciences and in many
other domains. However, learning argumentation and learning by arguing,
at school, still raise theoretical and methodological questions such
as: How do learning processes develop in argumentation? How to design
effective argumentative activities? How can the argumentative efforts
of pupils can be sustained? What are the psychological issues involved
when arguing with others? How to evaluate and analyze the learners'
productions? Argumentation and Education answers these and other
questions by providing both theoretical backgrounds, in psychology,
education and theory of argumentation, and concrete examples of
experiments and results in school contexts in a range of domains. It
reports on existing innovative practices in education settings at