Examining Peer Collaboration in Online Inquiry

Jill Castek, Julie Coiro, Lizbeth Guzniczak, Carlton Bradshaw

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This study examines peer collaboration among four pairs of seventh graders who read online to determine what caused the downfall of the Mayan civilization. More and less productive collaborative interactions are presented through snippets of dialogue in which pairs negotiated complex texts. Few examples of how teachers can skillfully facilitate collaborative interactions currently exist, despite the call for these skills in the Common Core State Standards. Teaching ideas that support collaborative online reading are featured.[Supplementary materials are available for this article. Go to the publisher's online edition of The Educational Forum for the following free supplemental materials: set of printable graphic organizers to support collaborative online reading and cross-curricular web resources to support critical evaluation of online content].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-496
Number of pages18
JournalEducational Forum
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Common Core State Standards
  • collaboration
  • content learning
  • inquiry
  • online reading comprehension
  • supporting collaborative learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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