Collaborative Knowledge Construction in Online Vocational Teacher Education
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to describe the knowledge construction process of a group of vocational teacher education students in an online learning environment. The research consists of three phases, in accordance with the hybrid model introduced by Schwarz-Barcott and Kim (2000). During the theoretical phase, information regarding knowledge construction was sought in literature and practical teaching work. In the empirical phase, a narrative approach was applied to compile information regarding the collaborative knowledge construction and knowledge processing of the teacher students during the online studies. The material has been collected during the academic year 2007-2008. In the analytical phase, knowledge construction in e-learning is described as a synthesis of the theoretical and the empirical material.The results suggest that the collaborative knowledge processing in online discussions is affected by a knowledge construction theory that will be introduced in this article.