Collaborative learning in communities of practice in contexts of social exclusion. An analysis of the interactions

María José Luque Cubero, José Luis Lalueza Sazatornil

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© 2013 Ministry Education and Science. All rights reserved. In this paper, we analyse the educational interactions that promote a collaborative environment. The study is developed in a particular kind of community of practice, the Fifth Dimension (5D), an educational activity model based on cooperation between university and community, where it is promoted ICT supported collaborative learning. Designed by the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition of the University of California, under Michael Cole’s leadership, it is based on the conception of the cultural-historical approach of human development and has been adapted to the local cultures in several countries. In Spain exists a 5D network, the first experience was the House of Shere Rom (CSR), designed to develop meaningful learning for population that present high indexes of absenteeism, drop-out and school failure. The CSR, object of analysis in this paper, is an after-school community space where attends Roma children. It is a participatory action-research project. Moreover, it is a laboratory for new kinds of collaborative learning development, for later implementation in several schools situated in social exclusion risk environments. We examine here, the interactions of children’s and university students couples, who collaborate in tasks resolution, with the purpose to analyse the incorporation’s processes to the community of practice, the kinds of collaboration addressed to learn and the collective construction of an ‘ideoculture’ of shared meanings. By means of a qualitative study, the analysis of which has been realised with the support of the software Atlas.ti, we pretend answer to the following questions: What do the participants do for the working of the interaction? What do they do to collaborate? What do indicate that they are part of this community? What do indicate they have a shared knowledge of the activity or of the concrete task?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-428
JournalRevista de Educacion
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Collaborative learning
  • Communities of practice
  • ICT
  • Interactions
  • Multiculturalism

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