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Systemic intervention for computer-supported collaborative learning

Barros-Castro, Ricardo A.; Midgley, Gerald; Pinzón, Luis


Ricardo A. Barros-Castro

Luis Pinzón


This paper presents a systemic intervention approach as a means to overcome the methodological challenges involved in research into computer-supported collaborative learning applied to the promotion of mathematical problem-solving (CSCL-MPS) skills in schools. These challenges include how to develop an integrated analysis of several aspects of the learning process; and how to reflect on learning purposes, the context of application and participants' identities. The focus of systemic intervention is on processes for thinking through whose views and what issues and values should be considered pertinent in an analysis. Systemic intervention also advocates mixing methods from different traditions to address the purposes of multiple stakeholders. Consequently, a design for CSCL-MPS research is presented that includes several methods. This methodological design is used to analyse and reflect upon both a CSCL-MPS project with Colombian schools, and the identities of the participants in that project.


Barros-Castro, R. A., Midgley, G., & Pinzón, L. (2015). Systemic intervention for computer-supported collaborative learning. Systems research and behavioral science, 32(1), 86-105.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 10, 2013
Online Publication Date Sep 20, 2013
Publication Date 2015-01
Deposit Date Sep 17, 2015
Publicly Available Date Sep 17, 2015
Journal Systems research and behavioral science
Print ISSN 1092-7026
Electronic ISSN 1099-1743
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 1
Pages 86-105
Keywords Computer-supported collaborative learning, Mathematical problem-solving, Critical systems thinking, Systemic intervention, computer-supported collaborative learning;mathematical problem-solving;critical systems thinking;systemic intervention;methodologica
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article first published in: Systems research and behavioral science, 2013, v.32, issue 1


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