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Group Cognition in Online Teams

Gerry Stahl and Carolyn Penstein Rosé

This chapter represents a disciplinary perspective from computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), an interdisciplinary field concerned with leveraging technology for education and with analyzing cognitive processes such as learning and meaning making in small groups of students (Stahl, Koschmann, & Suthers, 2006). Group cognition is a theory developed to support CSCL research by describing how collaborative groups of students could achieve cognitive accomplishments together and how that could benefit the individual learning of the participants (Stahl, 2006). It is important to note that although it may very well be the case that a group of students working together ...

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