Accommodating Individual Differences In Group Formation For Collaborative Concept Mapping

Papanikolaou, Kyparisia and Gouli, Evangelia and Grigoriadou, Maria (2006) Accommodating Individual Differences In Group Formation For Collaborative Concept Mapping. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Second Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, pp. 16-23. ISBN 9977-15-148-2

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Abstract. In this paper we investigate the influence of individual differences in group formation for collaborative concept mapping tasks. The presented pilot study involved 21 students who constructed individual and group concept maps on the central concept “Computer Storage Units”. Students were intentionally placed into groups based on their learning-style type; the Honey and Mumford style categorization and the visual/verbal dimension of Felder-Silverman model was used. Various combinations of groupings in terms of learning-style type and level of knowledge, were resulted. Data analysis focused on the influence of learning styles on learning effectiveness in terms of the level of individual learning, the level of collaborative learning and the level of interaction between individual and group. Results provided evidence about efficient grouping approaches, such as group formation based on (a) a mixture of Honey and Mumford learning styles including cases with an average preference on the four styles or a strong preference on particular styles, (b) a mixture of visual levels referring to the visual/verbal dimension, and (c) high or a mixture of knowledge levels. Moreover, evidence about the influence of both the visual/verbal dimension and knowledge level in group-interaction dynamics, was also provided.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2006
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2012 21:22
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2012 21:22

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