Designing for Virtual Communities in the Service of Learning

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Sasha Barab, Rob Kling, James H. Gray
Cambridge University Press, Mar 29, 2004 - Education - 451 pages
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The chapters in this volume explore the theoretical, design, learning, and methodological questions with respect to designing for and researching web-based communities to support learning. The authors, coming from diverse academic backgrounds (computer science, information science, instructional systems technology, educational psychology, sociology, and anthropology), are frank in examining what we do and do not know about the processes and practices of designing communities to support learning. Taken as a collection, these manuscripts point to the challenges and complex tensions that emerge when designing for web-supported community, especially when the focal practice of the community is learning.
 

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Contents

Designing for Virtual Communities in
3
FOSTERING COMMUNITYMEMBER PARTICIPATION
9
Common Ground
16
Characterizing an Online
53
Teacher Professional Development Technology
120
A Metaphor for Online Design?
154
The Centrality of Culture and Community to Participant
181
CoEvolution of Technological Design and Pedagogy
236
The Case
299
An Approach
338
Shared We and Shared They Indicators of Group
377
Index
437
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