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Collaborative learning in children: contradiction, co-construction and the development of knowledge

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For nearly a century, social and developmental psychologists have been intrigued by situations where collaborative group work between novices can result in enhanced understanding. Yet the mechanisms underpinning such ‘collaborative learning’ remain unclear. Although they can result from the joint construction of superior understanding, research indicates that when group interaction involves unresolved contradiction, progress can occur without co-construction. This talk will focus upon recent research with primary-school aged children, which explores the relative contribution of contradiction and co-construction to collaborative learning in elementary science. New results will be reported (some not yet published), and the implications for socio-cultural and psychological theory will be analysed.

This talk is part of the Social Psychology Seminar Series (SPSS) series.

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