Designing and building an on-line community: The struggle to support sociability in the inquiry learning forum

  title={Designing and building an on-line community: The struggle to support sociability in the inquiry learning forum},
  author={Sasha A. Barab and James MaKinster and Julie A. Moore and Donald J. Cunningham and The Ilf Design Team},
  journal={Educational Technology Research and Development},
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