CPSC 689/602--Spring 1997
Computer-Supported Cooperative Work

Paper Report

Title: Higher Level Agency for Children in Knowledge Building: A Challenge for the Design of New Knowledge Media
Authors: Marlene Scardamalia and Carl Bereiter
Citation: The Journal of the Learning Science. 1(1), 37-68,1991
Reprinted in:Groupware and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work pp531-536
Summary: There are evidence that the student learn by engaging in a dialectical process. This dialectical process enhance the knowledge and understanding of the students.
1. Dialectic in reading: construction of the textbase and construction of the situation model.
2. Dialectic in writing: contents and rhetorical. What to write and how to present them.
3. Intentional learning environment is a computer supported environment that supports this dialectical process.
4. The theory that dialectic helps learning:
(a) providing external supports for higher level cognitive processes;
(b) making metacognitive activity which are normally hidden and private.
5. Basic design of the CSILE system. (a) thinking type; (b) note status;
6. The children s knowledge building can be facilitated by providing the environment that encourage them to ask questions themselves.
7. Commenting and searching for the notes are important part of the learning.
8. Implementation of CSILE: This system partially implement the requirements discussed above.

Report prepared by: Xiaogang Wu Email: x0w1553@cs.tamu.edu
Discussion date: 3-5-97            Report date: 3-6-97