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Although the Web is almost omnipresent in many children’s lives, most children lack adequate Web searching skills as well as skills to process and critically evaluate Web information. In this article, we describe and evaluate an educational program that aimed at acquiring Web skills in the context of a content knowledge domain. Through a multiple case study(More)
BACKGROUND This article describes the outcomes of a longitudinal, multilevel observational study in which the relationship between the processes of co-operation and giving explanations was compared between classes trained in communication skills and classes that were untrained. AIMS This study examined the effects of training in basic communication skills(More)
The recently introduced national curriculum for the ® rst stage of Dutch secondary education requires not only a change in educational content but also a change in educational processes. The knowledge students acquire is expected to be related to everyday life, and tobe meaningfully embedded in society. Furthermore, the student is expected to use social and(More)
Introduction. This article reports on the adequacy and specific characteristics of 5th grade students' use of Web literacy skills and strategies after completing a programme in which these skills and strategies were the focus of attention. Method. Data were collected from twenty-one student pairs' Web use during six assignments, and recorded with help of(More)
0360-1315/$ see front matter 2008 Elsevier Ltd. A doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2008.07.001 * Corresponding author. Tel.: +31 20 5988917; fax: E-mail address: fr.prinsen@psy.vu.nl (F.R. Prinsen) Computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) is aimed at enhancing and supporting the active participation of all students in knowledge sharing and knowledge(More)
A question associated with the introduction of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) is whether all participants profit equally from working in CSCL environments. This article reports on a review study into gender-related differences in participation in CSCL. As many of the processes in CSCL are similar to those in computer-mediated communication(More)
Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) is often presented as a promising learning method. However, it is also facing some new challenges. Apart from answering the question of whether or not working with CSCL generates satisfying learning outcomes, it is important to determine whether or not all participants profit from collaboration, with the(More)
The still rapidly growing importance of science and technology in the information society (see also Lintsen et al., 1998) has not only given rise to the establishment of communities of highly specialized scientists and engineers but has and is having profound effects on ordinary life as well. Everyone can be regarded a member of a diffuse and(More)