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Collaboration in communities of inquirers: an example from a geography field trip

Scanlon, Eileen; Blake, Canan; Twiner, Alison; Collins, Trevor; Jones, Ann and Kerawalla, Lucinda (2011). Collaboration in communities of inquirers: an example from a geography field trip. In: 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, 04-08 July 2011, Hong Kong.

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Abstract

Technology supported inquiry learning is a situation rich with possibilities for collaboration and the resultant collaborative learning which may ensue. However the complex settings in which it takes place give researchers a challenge in selecting the appropriate analytic lens. This paper is based on the work of the Personal Inquiry project (PI) which is exploring inquiry learning conducted by students aged 12-15 years across formal and informal settings, and the technology toolkit (nQuire) we have designed to orchestrate the inquiry process. We draw on a case study of geographical inquiry incorporating a field trip and describe the possibilities for collaboration which resulted in this setting. We use a range of data collected before, during and after the field trip to examine the learning behaviours which occurred. We found shifts in behaviour during the field trip, identified different working patterns enabled by the toolkit and identified future areas for research.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.
Extra Information: Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice:
CSCL2011 Conference Proceedings Volume II — Short Papers & Posters
Editors: Hans Spada, Gerry Stahl, Naomi Miyake, Nancy Law
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Education and Language Studies
Knowledge Media Institute
Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 31360
Depositing User: Eileen Scanlon
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 11:18
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2012 14:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/31360
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