Systematic review of CSCL research 2012-2018: Comparing south Korean and international research

Kyu Yon Lim, Ji Young Lim, Min Jeong Park, Anita Emefa Hato, Yoon Jin Kim, Jeongin Eur

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Computer-supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) is an educational approach that provides not only theoretical but also practical contributions for learners, researchers, and practitioners. South Korea is a leading country in ICT development in Asia, but collaboration is often impeded by its cultural background, shared with other Asian countries. Cases of CSCL research and practice in South Korea may provide insights into Asian societies in terms of how to design and implement CSCL effectively. Hence, this study attempt to examine the current status of CSCL by systematically comparing South Korean and international studies. For this purpose, we first collected and analyzed 54 articles published in South Korea and 280 international articles on CSCL published from 2012 to 2018. Next, Korean and international studies were compared in terms of the research area and methods. The results showed that Korean studies were mainly focused on designing and utilizing CSCL by experimental research, whereas international studies were conducted in relatively diverse areas by descriptive research. Although both Korean and international studies frequently used retrieval information as the data source, Korean studies more often used learning outcomes, whereas international studies used learning process variables.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-27
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Interactive Learning Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020

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  • Comparative study
  • Computer-supported collaborative learning
  • Research area
  • Research method
  • Research trend analysis


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