Computer Supported Collaborative Learning and Critical Reflection: A Case Study of Fashion Consumerism

Ada W. W. Ma
2010 Interdisciplinary Journal of e-Skills and Lifelong Learning  
Computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) is believed to be a powerful pedagogical process to equip students with critical reflection to be more sensitive to cultural diversity, stereotypes, and multiple perspectives. The elements of collaborative learning are drawn from research findings and result in a new model to be implemented for learners using Blackboard as avenue for on-line self-reflection and on-going peer critical debate. Participants are students enrolled in a Bachelor of
more » ... ation program in the field of Home Economics and assigned to group projects. Students are required to undertake a critical analysis of fashion advertisements with reflective ejournals and a reflective paper to question taken-for-granted assumptions. This paper begins with a literature review on critical reflection which demonstrates the problematic nature of defining and researching reflective concepts and techniques, as well as the very wide range of meanings assigned to terms associated with reflection. Next is an outline of the pedagogical design that creates CSCL opportunities and experiences to promote critical reflection in learners. It then highlights students' reflections on how the created peer support system promotes their critical reflective capabilities. Finally, good practices of fostering collaborative reflection are shared that may be adapted in different contexts apart from the teacher education sector. Biography Dr. Ada Ma is the assistant professor of Technology and Living Division of the Department of Health and Physical Education, at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She is currently teaching Technology and Living with a focus on textiles for both full-time and part-time Bachelor and Master Degree programmes. She is interested in various research areas such as computer-supported collaborative learning, textiles education, curriculum innovations, assessment, lifelong learning and gender issues. She has participated actively in various academic activities ranging from publication of conference proceedings, referred journal papers and book chapters to being a research investigator of internal and external funded projects, as well as a reviewer of various international referred journals.
doi:10.28945/1170 fatcat:byialae72bdvnov6rkr3ulhh4q