ICLS 2000 Proceedings


A Model of Collaborative Knowledge-Building

Gerry Stahl
Institute of Cognitive Science & Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado, USA 80309-0430
Tel: (303) 492-3912, Fax: (303) 492-2844
Email: Gerry.Stahl@Colorado.edu

Abstract: This paper presents a model of learning as a social process incorporating multiple distinguishable phases that constitute a cycle of personal and social knowledge-building. It explicitly considers the relationship of processes associated with individual minds to those considered to be socio-cultural. This model of collaborative knowledge-building incorporates insights from various theories of understanding and learning in hopes of providing a useful conceptual framework for the design of CSCL software, specifically collaborative knowledge-building environments (KBEs). By naming a set of cognitive and social processes, it suggests areas for computer support, including a set of specific illustrative KBE components.

Keywords: computer-mediated communication; social cognition; learning theory; distributed learning environments


Preferred Citation Format:
Stahl, G. (2000). A Model of Collaborative Knowledge-Building. In B. Fishman & S. O'Connor-Divelbiss (Eds.), Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference of the Learning Sciences (pp. 70-77). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

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