Computers and the Collaborative Experience of Learning

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Education - 261 pages
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Until now, the application of computers to educational practice has received little input from psychological theory. This text locates the topic within the contemporary movement of socio-cultural theory, drawing on the writing of Vygotsky and others. It takes an unconventional stance in considering how new technology can enhance rather than undermine the social experience of learning and instruction, and allow teachers to achieve more in the classroom. The author argues that computers can provide the conditions for effective collaboration and enhance the social dimension of education. With its blend of theory and practice, from the primary school to university settings, this study should be of interest to educational psychologists, as well as psychologists studying group processes, cognition and development. It is also aimed at advanced undergraduates and trainee teachers.

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Charles Cook, a respected authority on outdoor activities and communing with nature, is the author of several highly praised outdoor books, including "The Essential Guide to Hiking in the United States".

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