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Conference Paper: An application of social network analysis to knowledge building

TitleAn application of social network analysis to knowledge building
Authors
KeywordsEducation
Issue Date2003
PublisherAmerican Educational Research Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.aera.net/Default.aspx?id=26
Citation
"Probing individual, social, and cultural aspects of knowledge building", the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, April 21-25, 2003. How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper is a design study that explores the use of server log data to guide knowledge building. We use the Analytic Toolkit for Knowledge Forum™ (KF) and techniques from social network analysis to analyze participation and interactivity in two KF databases. In doing so, we connect individual measures on the use of KF features with measures that probe collaboration at a more systemic level. In this, we are attempting to move from a view of assessment that in our view is overly individual (Chan & van Aalst, in press). The first case study is drawn from a grade 4 class studying electricity and First Nations issues; the second study is drawn from a grade 9 class preparing for the International Baccalaureate Program. In each case, the results uncover useful information about participation and interactivity. In the first study, there were correlations between the use of KF features and the social network variables that deteriorated over time; there also was a lack of reciprocity in the interactions. The students in the second study used the features of KF more extensively, which was accompanied by more reciprocity. In that study there were no significant relationships between the use of KF features and the social network variables. We emphasize not the findings of the studies themselves, but argue that analyses like these be used to inform a class’s ongoing efforts to improve its knowledge building discourse.
DescriptionPaper presented at the structured poster symposium of the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, 2003.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57623
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dc.contributor.authorSha, L-
dc.contributor.authorvan Aalst, Jan-
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-03T08:20:57Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-03T08:20:57Z-
dc.date.issued2003-
dc.identifier.citation"Probing individual, social, and cultural aspects of knowledge building", the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, April 21-25, 2003.en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0163-9676-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57623-
dc.descriptionPaper presented at the structured poster symposium of the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, 2003.en_HK
dc.description.abstractThis paper is a design study that explores the use of server log data to guide knowledge building. We use the Analytic Toolkit for Knowledge Forum™ (KF) and techniques from social network analysis to analyze participation and interactivity in two KF databases. In doing so, we connect individual measures on the use of KF features with measures that probe collaboration at a more systemic level. In this, we are attempting to move from a view of assessment that in our view is overly individual (Chan & van Aalst, in press). The first case study is drawn from a grade 4 class studying electricity and First Nations issues; the second study is drawn from a grade 9 class preparing for the International Baccalaureate Program. In each case, the results uncover useful information about participation and interactivity. In the first study, there were correlations between the use of KF features and the social network variables that deteriorated over time; there also was a lack of reciprocity in the interactions. The students in the second study used the features of KF more extensively, which was accompanied by more reciprocity. In that study there were no significant relationships between the use of KF features and the social network variables. We emphasize not the findings of the studies themselves, but argue that analyses like these be used to inform a class’s ongoing efforts to improve its knowledge building discourse.en_HK
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work is supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to the second author and Marlene Scardamalia. (Grant 410-2000-0998).-
dc.language.isoengen_HK
dc.publisherAmerican Educational Research Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.aera.net/Default.aspx?id=26en_HK
dc.rightsAmerican Educational Research Association. Annual Meeting Program. Copyright © American Educational Research Association.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectEducationen_HK
dc.titleAn application of social network analysis to knowledge buildingen_HK
dc.typeConference_Paperen_HK
dc.identifier.emailvan Aalst, J: vanaalst@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.description.naturepostprinten_HK

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