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ERIC Number: ED437921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-25
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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Analysis of E-Mail Mediated Instructional Conversations: Employment of Sociolinguistic Conversation Mapping Techniques.
Engle, Randall K.
This study examined and described e-mail mediated instructional conversations conducted during a content area reading and writing course. Participants in the study included undergraduate students from three different content specialty areas, as well as an instructor who mediated the conversational interactions via e-mail communications. Conversational interactions were analyzed by employing sociolinguistic conversational mapping techniques. Students and the instructor engaged in extended conversational interactions in which they considered and discussed numerous topics related to content area reading and writing. Conversational data were downloaded directly from e-mail files, transcribed, coded, and mapped. Findings were interpreted from the perspective of Sociocultural Activity Theory. Conclusions based on study findings included: (1) the mapping techniques employed in the study effectively aided in the identification of patterns of interaction that developed during the conversational interactions; (2) each of the conversational groups included in the study responded to instructor moves in a distinct manner; (3) different content area conversation groups established distinct patterns of discourse; (4) several factors were identified that appear to have an impact on levels of participation in e-mail mediated instructional conversations; and (5) e-mail mediated instructional conversations appear to facilitate the appropriation of formal concepts. (Contains 46 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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