The Effects of Process and Content Facilitation Restrictiveness on GSS-Mediated Collaborative Learning

Research paper by Mohamed Khalifa, RonChi-Wai Kwok, Robert Davison

Indexed on: 01 Sep '02Published on: 01 Sep '02Published in: Group Decision and Negotiation


Group Support Systems (GSS) technology, extensively applied in decision-making contexts, is now seeing increased application in the educational sector. Previous work has suggested that GSS applications can have significant positive effects on both the process and the outcome of collaborative learning. This study extends this work to examine the effects of process (high/low) and content (high/low) facilitation restrictiveness on GSS-supported collaborative learning. Our results indicate that content facilitation restrictiveness has no significant bearing on student learning. Process facilitation restrictiveness, on the other hand, is more influential, with knowledge acquisition by students requiring a low restrictive environment.