ERIC Number: ED435169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Interpersonal Involvement Strategies in Online Textual Conversations: A Case Study of a Learning Community.
A study investigated the involvement strategies present in the textual conversations of four graduate students enrolled in a fully online graduate course in language education. The students interacted through an asynchronous interactive computer conferencing system that allowed communication from two continents. Two 2-week ongoing discussions were analyzed, including one on historical and theoretical perspectives on language for specific purposes and on technology in the language classroom. The three interpersonal involvement strategies examined in the computer-meditated communications were imagery, repetition, and dialogue. Each incidence in a category was analyzed by function, and its structural and interactive characteristics were measured against one theory. Distribution in the conversations by participant and over time was noted as well. Results indicate that, from the beginning of their online textual interactions, the students used personal involvement strategies develop a social context of rapport and intimacy that facilitated their ability to convey to academic meanings. This suggests that they worked cooperatively to create a learning, supportive community and to facilitate the joint negotiation of academic meaning. (Contains 22 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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