This study investigated the effects of representational scripting on computer-supported collaborative solving of a complex problem. The premise was that effective student interaction would be evoked when the problem-solving task was structured into part-tasks supported representations congruent to the part-tasks (i.e., representational scripting). It was hypothesized that this would lead a better coordination of student discussions of the concepts, principles and procedures in the knowledge domain and consequently to better problem-solving performance. In triads, 39 secondary education students worked on a case-based business-economics problem in four experimental conditions. In one condition groups received three representations, each congruent to one of the three part-tasks. In the other three conditions, groups received one of the representations for all three part-tasks, thus a representation congruent to one part-task, but incongruent to the other two. The results show that using representational scripting evoked more communicative activities and led to better problem-solving performance.
|Publication status||Published - 18 Feb 2011|
- Problem solving
- External representations
- Part tasks