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Article: Affordances and constraints of a wiki for primary-school students’ group projects

TitleAffordances and constraints of a wiki for primary-school students’ group projects
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherInternational Forum of Educational Technology & Society. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.ifets.info/
Citation
Educational Technology & Society, 2013, v. 16 n. 4, p. 85–96 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study examined a wiki as a computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environment at upper primary level. A total of 388 Hong Kong Primary-five (P5) students in four Chinese primary schools used a wiki platform within the context of their group projects in General Studies (GS) classes. Adopting a mixed-methods design, qualitative and quantitative data were collected from focus group interviews, survey and wiki entries. Findings showed that the wiki platform provided educational, technological, and social affordances for the P5 students’ collaborative learning. At the same time, constraints were found to be related to technological factors and users’ dispositions, which may be counterbalanced by providing scaffolding and selecting wiki variants. Students’ attitudes towards the pedagogical value of the wiki were found to be strongly positive after the group project implementation. Overall, this research contributes to the literature on the use of wikis in primary education.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/203457
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dc.contributor.authorFu, H-
dc.contributor.authorChu, SKW-
dc.contributor.authorKang, W-
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-19T15:16:51Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-19T15:16:51Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationEducational Technology & Society, 2013, v. 16 n. 4, p. 85–96-
dc.identifier.issn1176-3647-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/203457-
dc.description.abstractThis study examined a wiki as a computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environment at upper primary level. A total of 388 Hong Kong Primary-five (P5) students in four Chinese primary schools used a wiki platform within the context of their group projects in General Studies (GS) classes. Adopting a mixed-methods design, qualitative and quantitative data were collected from focus group interviews, survey and wiki entries. Findings showed that the wiki platform provided educational, technological, and social affordances for the P5 students’ collaborative learning. At the same time, constraints were found to be related to technological factors and users’ dispositions, which may be counterbalanced by providing scaffolding and selecting wiki variants. Students’ attitudes towards the pedagogical value of the wiki were found to be strongly positive after the group project implementation. Overall, this research contributes to the literature on the use of wikis in primary education.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherInternational Forum of Educational Technology & Society. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.ifets.info/-
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dc.titleAffordances and constraints of a wiki for primary-school students’ group projects-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailChu, SKW: samchu@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityChu, SKW=rp00897en_US
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dc.identifier.volume16-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage85-
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dc.publisher.placeNew Zealand-

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