Originally published in 1994.
Until this book was published, the application of computers to educational practice has received little input from psychological theory. Computers and the Collaborative Experience of Learning locates this topic within the contemporary movement of socio-cultural theory, drawing on the writing of Vygotsky and others. Charles Crook reviews psychological approaches to cognition and learning, in so far as they implicitly direct strategy in respect of computer-based learning. He also takes a novel stance in considering how new technology can enhance rather than undermine the social experience of learning and instruction, and can allow teachers to achieve more in the classroom. He argues that computers can provide the conditions for effective collaboration and enhance the social dimension of education.
With its unique blend of theory and practice, from the primary school to university settings, Computers and the Collaborative Experience of Learning will be of interest to educational psychologists, as well as psychologists studying group processes, cognition and development.
Table of Contents
1. Computers in Education: Some Issues. 2. Human Cognition as Socially Grounded. 3. Theoretical Frameworks from Psychology Compared. 4. Collaborative Interactions with Computers. 5. Collaborative Interaction in relation to Computers. 6. Learning with Peer Collaborations. 7. Collaborative Interactions at Computers. 8. Collaborative Interactions at and through Computers. 9. Afterword.