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Tracing knowledge transfer through a Wiki in an online, synchronous environment


2011 2011

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Abstract (summary)

This study was a two-year, design experiment that had two purposes. The first purpose was to describe the interactions in an online synchronous environment of students at three different high schools, two in New Jersey and one in Rio de Janeiro, and the second was to understand the contributions of these interactions on students' development of mathematical ideas. The online environment is called Virtual Math Teams, developed at Drexel University and hosted at mathforum.org. In this study, the interactions are defined as the uses of the Wiki and other affordances of the online environment. The central research questions were twofold: (1) How do students use wikis in an online, synchronous website to integrate knowledge from other groups? (2) How do students use the affordances of an online environment as they work on social choice problems involving fair division?

Two major findings result from this study. First, results indicate that students transferred knowledge through the use of wikis in particular ways. Second, the affordances of the environment allowed the students to communicate as a group without the use of audio or video connections to exchange and build mathematical ideas. Moreover, the findings of this investigation challenge previous research (Figlio, Rush, & Yin, 2010) on limitations in students' ability to effectively communicate in an online environment. Students in this study used the affordances of the environment to integrate information from other groups and to collaborate on problems in the fields of combinatorics and social choice. The transfer of knowledge between groups through the Wiki is useful for teachers exploring the instructional use of emergent technologies.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Mathematics education;
Educational technology
Classification
0280: Mathematics education
0710: Educational technology
Identifier / keyword
Education; Combinatorics; Fair division; Knowledge transfer; Online; Online collaboration; Online learning; Social choice mathematics; Synchronous environment; Wikis
Title
Tracing knowledge transfer through a Wiki in an online, synchronous environment
Author
Merges, Kevin Robert
Number of pages
496
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0190
Source
DAI-A 72/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124812359
Advisor
Powell, Arthur B.
University/institution
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick
Department
Graduate School of Education
University location
United States -- New Jersey
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3464715
ProQuest document ID
889144197
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/889144197
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