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International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 481–511

First Online: 30 November 2006Received: 14 March 2006Revised: 18 October 2006Accepted: 20 October 2006


The design of collaborative representations faces a challenge in integrating theoretical communication models with the context-sensitive and creative practices of human interaction. This paper presents results from a study that identified multiple, invariant communicative practices in how dyads appropriated flexible, paper-based media in discussions of wicked problems. These invariants, identified across media, participants and topics are a promising first step towards creating an abstract model for design that connects representational affordances and communicative functions. The authors identify areas where this model may challenge conventional design wisdom and discuss directions for further research.

KeywordsDescriptive studies Interactional practices Representational affordances Shared workspaces Video analysis  Download to read the full article text

Author: Nathan Dwyer - Daniel D. Suthers



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