Group Scribbles-Supported Collaborative Learning in a Primary Grade 5 Science Class

  • Wenli Chen
  • Chee-Kit Looi
Part of the Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Series book series (CULS, volume 15)


This chapter describes the setting and context of a group of primary grade 5 (about age 11) students doing a collaborative learning activity in a science class. Data from this setting are analyzed in subsequent chapters in this book section. Students, in groups of four, used a networked technology called Group Scribbles (GS) to jointly complete a learning task—how to connect a circuit with batteries, wire, and a light bulb so that the bulb would light up. They shared information, negotiated meaning, and constructed knowledge through both GS interaction and face-to-face (F2F) discussion. The lesson designers attempted to optimize the use of GS and F2F interaction in real classrooms to support students’ collaborative learning, with the aim of harnessing the specific features of each medium.


Collaborative Learning Light Bulb Primary Grade Group Video Classroom Talk 
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This research was funded by the National Research Foundation (Singapore) under Grant NRF2007-IDM003-MOE-001. We are grateful to Mayflower Primary School for collaborating with us on this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wenli Chen
    • 1
  • Chee-Kit Looi
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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