Online science classroom collaborations: a comparison of domestic and international learning communities

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Kerlin, S., E. Goehring, and W. Carlsen. 2010. Pages 350–351 in K. Gomez, L. Lyons, and J. Radinsky (editors). Learning in the disciplines: proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2010) – Volume 2. International Society of the Learning Sciences, Chicago, Illinois.

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Students’ views of their online collaboration and samples of scientific writing were studied within a principal contrast of U.S. students in domestic or international class partnerships. Results show that U.S. students in international partnerships maintained a higher level of excitement about their partnership and wrote a larger number of accurate scientific claims using more evidence and certain discourse components. Findings from this study have implications for further research and classroom practice.