"CSCL 2: Carrying Forward the Conversation" is a thorough and
up-to-date survey of recent developments in Computer Supported
Collaborative Learning, one of the fastest growing areas of
research in the learning sciences. A follow-up to "CSCL: Theory and
Practice of an Emerging Paradigm" (1996), this volume both
documents how the field has grown and fosters a meaningful
discussion of how the research program might be advanced in
Recognizing the long-standing traditions of CSCL work in Europe
and Japan, the editors sought to broaden and expand the
conversation both geographically and topically. The 45
participating authors represent a range of disciplinary
backgrounds, including anthropology, communication studies,
computer science, education, psychology, and philosophy, and offer
international perspectives on the field. For each chapter, the goal
was not only to show how it connects to past and future work in
CSCL, but also how it contributes to the interests of other
research communities. Toward this end, the volume features a
"conversational structure" consisting of target chapters, invited
commentaries, and author responses. The commentaries on each
chapter were solicited from a diverse collection of writers,
including prominent scholars in anthropology of education, social
studies of science, CSCW, argumentation, activity theory, language
and social interaction, ecological psychology, and other
The volume is divided into three sections:
*Part I explores four case studies of technology transfer
involving CSILE, one of the most prominent CSCL projects.
*Part II focuses on empirical studies of learning in collaborative
*Part III describes novel CSCL technologies and the theories
underlying their design.
Historically, there has been a certain amount of controversy as to
what the second "C" in CSCL should represent. The conventional
meaning is "collaborative" but there are many C-words that can be
seen as relevant. With the publication of this volume,
"conversational" might be added to the list and, in this spirit,
the book might be viewed as an invitation to join a conversation in
progress and to carry it forward.
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