Comparing Knowledge Network, Social Network, and Social Knowledge Network on Collaborative Knowledge Construction

ID: 54969 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Jinju Duan, Southwest University, China
  2. Lin Lu and Kui Xie, The Ohio State University, United States

Thursday, June 27 12:20-12:40 PM Location: Oud West View on map

Presider: Mark McMahon, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Abstract: Knowledge construction is a process that involves both knowledge and human interaction. Three approaches to collaborative knowledge construction under the connectivist perspective are knowledge network, social network, and social knowledge network. This study conducted a quasi-experiment examining knowledge construction under KN-, SN-, and SKN-embedded learning environment. Participants were 55 in-service teachers enrolled in professional development program on innovative pedagogy. The study results indicated that learners in SN environment engaged in more social interaction than the other two groups. Learners within SKN environment had higher level of knowledge construction. Detailed characteristics of each environmental design and discussion comparing the three conditions are provided at the end of the paper.

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