A multimodal approach to the analysis of complex collaborative learning environments: using complementary methods of analysis to synthesize new trends in scaffolding research

Kate Thompson, Lucila Carvalho, Michael A. Evans, Lixiao Huang, Maryam Khosronejad, Peter Reimann, Anindito Aditomo, Dewa Wardak, Peter Goodyear, Yannis Dimitriadis, Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Gregory Dyke

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Synthesis research is a method utilized in the field of ecology, and involves bringing together experts in different areas to address a research question that cannot be entirely answered by a single perspective. This symposium explores the application of this model to the learning sciences, specifically to scaffolding of computer supported collaborative learning. The symposium brings together expert researchers (working on different, related perspectives of scaffolding) to discuss their analysis of processes of learning in relation to discursive psychology and gesture analysis; conversation analysis; and multimodal interaction analysis. Each presenter will analyze and discuss the same corpus of data. These streams of data analysis are then brought together in the fourth presentation, with a discussion of visualizing and synthesizing the findings, piecing together an elaborated understanding of scaffolding. The final presentation includes the whole panel and addresses some of the challenges of conducting research this way in the learning sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring the Material Conditions of Learning, The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015
Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings, Volume 2
EditorsOskar Lindwall, Paivi Hakkinen, Timothy Koschmann, Pierre Tchounikine, Sten Ludvigsen
Place of PublicationGothenburg Sweden
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355076
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventComputer Supported Collaborative Learning 2015 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 7 Jun 201511 Jun 2015
Conference number: 11th

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences
ISSN (Electronic)1573-4552


ConferenceComputer Supported Collaborative Learning 2015
Abbreviated titleCSCL 2015
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