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Title: Negotiation in online, synchronous, collaborative mathematics problem solving
Authors: Toledo, Ramon Prudencio S.
Keywords: Negotiation;Online synchronous learning environments;Computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL);Multiple interaction spaces
Issue Date: 17-Apr-2007
Publisher: Drexel University. College of Information Science and Technology.
Series/Report no.: IST Research Day 2007 posters
Abstract: The Virtual Math Teams (VMT) project is an NSF-funded research program through which researchers at the College of Information Science and Technology (IST) and the Math Forum investigate the innovative use of online collaborative environments to support effective K-12 mathematics learning. Negotiation, provisionally defined as action to achieve agreement, takes place in the constitution of a shared conception from multiple perspectives, as evidenced by the agreement which takes place, in many cases, after contentious debate. We hypothesize that negotiation is the guiding mechanism of collaboration, especially in the resolution of situations whose complexity is such that understanding them is enhanced by multiple perspectives made possible through collaboration. A research methodology based on conversation analysis is used to identify how negotiation is conducted in online mathematics problem solving, by locating its methods as negotiation is initiated, processed and concluded in different computer mediated environments ranging from an all-text environment such as AIMĀ® to a webbased collaboration environment with dual-interaction spaces such as VMTChat. Initial findings show artful ways through which participants use both text and whiteboard postings to initiate, process and conclude negotiation, and how participants allocate participation in the choice of approaches to a problem, the sequence in which different approaches are used and contribution to the execution of an approach. Findings from this research can be consequential for the design of negotiation support for CSCL environments; early results show how participants invent new uses for tools introduced into iterations of the design of the VMTChat collaborative environment.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1609
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