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Shifting the Unit of Analysis from the Individual to Action: Socio-cultural Approaches to Computer-mediated Communication
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, , Concordia University, Canada

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-46-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Socio-cultural approaches to research and design in computer-mediated communication and education suggest a unifying framework. Overall, research and practice in the area has suffered from a lack of coherency and usability, despite brilliant individual contributions. Socio-cultural approaches focus on action as the unit of analysis, uniting individual and social processes, and on how artifacts mediate between individuals/communities and their goals. They take into account the distributed nature of communication, knowledge, and communities, and have the potential to unite many in CMC from diverse disciplines with a range of interests, from the individual to the social, from the theoretical to the applied.

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Shaw, S. & Bures, E. (2002). Shifting the Unit of Analysis from the Individual to Action: Socio-cultural Approaches to Computer-mediated Communication. In M. Driscoll & T. Reeves (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2002--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1246-1249). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 20, 2019 from .

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