An experiment in group learning technology: evaluating critical thinking in face-to-face and computer-supported seminars

David Newman, C. Johnson, Clive Cochrane, Brian Webb

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Abstract

Can learning quality be maintained in the face of increasing class size by the use of Computer Supported Co-operative Learning (CSCL) technologies? In particular, can Computer-Mediated Communication promote critical thinking in addition to surface information transfer? We compared face-to-face seminars with asynchronous computer conferencing in the same Information Management class. From Garrison's theory of critical thinking and Henri's critical reasoning skills, we developed two ways of evaluating critical thinking: a student questionnaire and a content analysis technique. We found evidence for critical thinking in both situations, with some subtle differences in learning style. This paper provides an overview of this work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-74
Number of pages18
JournalIpct - J
Volume4 (1)
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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