When I changed my PhD thesis title a while back, I omitted to think through any accompanying research questions. At my last supervision meeting, Vic suggested that it was time to think about what my up to date research questions should be. Good plan!
My current thesis title is: “Underexplored issues determining the effectiveness for learning of peer interaction”, and I am looking at the #CLMooc community to try to find out what the secret sauce that makes things work. There’s three areas of educational research that I think that I will be using:
- Co-operative/collaborative learning (I’ve done a lot of reading around this early in my studies);
- Active learning (I’ve really not looked into this at very much);
- Social constructivism (Vygotsky) (I’ve read a fair bit about this, but need to read more).
So what questions do I need to guide my research? I am sure that I’ll think of more as time goes on, but so far I have thought of these:
• How do we know when learning has happened? (This is the biggie for me).
• What types of peer interaction lead to learning? All of them or not?
• What is different about interacting and solo learning?
• How does collaboration aid learning?
What questions do you think I should be asking?
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