ERIC Number: ED421165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Curry CONNECT: How Online Discourse Creates Community for Education Students.
Hrabe, M. Elizabeth; Adamy, Peter H.; Milman, Natalie B.; Washington, Lisa A.; Howard, Lori A.
This paper reports on the Curry CONNECT project at the University of Virginia, a Web-based discussion group that links preservice teachers with graduate inservice teachers and apprenticing administrators. Using content, survey, and interview data collected from the discussion postings and student feedback, a qualitative analysis is presented, examining the nature of the participant discourse as it evolved over the semester. In particular, the following questions are considered: Does the evolving discourse reflect the growth of a shared community of understanding among the participants? How does the motivation for participation affect the discourse and the development of a sense of a collaborative community? The following categories were determined to be important indicators that described a sense of participating in a shared community: motivation for participation which is primarily internal; awareness of the social context of the discussion group and perception of other participants as peer members; and the ability to acknowledge and appreciate multiple perspectives. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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