A cognitive tool in handheld devices for collaborative learning: Comprehending procedural knowledge of the addition of common fractions

Sau Yin LAM, Lam For KWOK, Siu Cheung KONG

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Abstract

The aim of this research is to design a scenario for collaborative learning using a handheld or mobile device to aid the comprehension of new procedural knowledge. A cognitive tool (CT) – the graphical partitioning model (GPM) – that aids the development of the procedural knowledge needed to add fractions with unlike denominators was established from the results of a series of experimental studies. This paper discusses the redesign of the CT for use in handheld or mobile devices. The key to mediating the generation of procedural knowledge of the addition of fractions with unlike denominators is the process of searching for common denominators in the GPM. A scenario for collaborative learning is depicted, and the distribution of the cognitive load of learners across the GPM and their collaborative learning partners is elaborated. Three essential structures that promote collaborative work are discussed, namely, task structure, incentive structure, and group motivation. Copyright © 2005 Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Supported Collaborative Learning 2005: The Next 10 Years!: Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning 2005
EditorsTimothy KOSCHMANN, Daniel D. SUTHERS, Tak-Wai CHAN
Place of PublicationMahwah
PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates
Pages341-345
ISBN (Print)0805857826
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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Citation

Kong, S. C., & Lam, S. Y., & Kwok, L. F. (2005). A cognitive tool in handheld devices for collaborative learning: Comprehending procedural knowledge of the addition of common fractions. In T. Koschmann, D. D. Suthers, T.-W. Chan (Eds.), Computer Supported Collaborative Learning 2005: The Next 10 Years!: Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning 2005 (pp. 341-345). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Keywords

  • Cognitive tool
  • Collaborative learning
  • Common fraction
  • Handheld/mobile devices