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Title: Virtual math teams project: using conversation analysis for collaborative math problem-solving chats
Authors: Toledo, Ramon Prudencio S.
Zemel, Alan
Zhou, Nan
Cakir, Murat Perit
Sarmiento, Johann W.
Keywords: Mathematics education;Computer mediated communication;Computer supported cooperative work;Instant messaging
Issue Date: 9-Sep-2005
Series/Report no.: IST Research Day 2005 posters;no. 448M
Abstract: The Virtual Math Teams (VMT) project is an NSF-funded research program aimed at investigating the innovative use of online collaborative environments to support effective K-12 mathematics learning. Among the methods it uses is Conversation Analysis (CA) -- to identify and investigate the methods by which these students collaboratively solve math problems when using computer chat programs such as AOL® Instant Messenger™. Using CA, we treat problem-solving as an interactional achievement of participation rather than as an internal and private process of the individual. We examine chat logs and seek to describe, in detail, the publicly available and observable procedures by which these problem-solving collaborations are achieved. In these online, problem-solving chats, the production and distribution of text messages and – on occasion -- other artifacts such as drawings, diagrams, etc., constitute the principal resources for sense making for both participants and researchers. Interaction conducted through textually mediated technologies like AOL® Instant Messenger™ is both similar to and significantly different from speech-based conversational interaction in important ways. As a text-based method of conducting interaction, chat offers different affordances for problem solving. In analyzing chats, we have begun to identify and describe: - how multiple threading of chat interaction is used as a resource in problem solving, - ways that participants put forward and take up proposed problemsolving strategies, - how understanding and misunderstandings are done as interactional achievements in chat, - different ways that collaboration and cooperation are organized as participation frameworks.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/537
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