Teams Construct Knowledge During Project-Driven Social Interactions

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The educational model of the twentieth century has become obsolete partlybecause we did not pay enough attention to facilitating interaction and collaborationbetween learners and partly because it has been rendered irrelevantto real life. The replacement of the teacher-centered paradigm with the childcenteredparadigm is not a sufficient condition for promoting collaboration, andit does not, by itself, encourage more interactions between individual learners.Interactions require structured methodologies, and collaboration requires apurpose. In this chapter, we highlight how a project-driven construction ofknowledge is achieved when (1) projects are socially relevant, (2) projects arecarried out as group activities, (3) technology serves to create the learningspace, and (4) structured methodologies facilitate meaningful, well-organizedinteractions between the members of the project team.


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