ERIC Number: ED443346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
An Online Discussion about the Politics of Classroom Discourse: Student Identity, Administrative Aims, and School Change.
Lapadat, Judith C.
This study analyzed student contributions to an online interactive discussion forum. Participants included six graduate students enrolled in a graduate education course; the instructor also contributed to the online discussions. Students read articles, posted commentaries, and responded to each other on weekly discussion topics. Students also selected articles to present online. The instructor examined the content of the students' postings over the first third of the 13-week course to examine participants' emerging perspectives on: the role of classroom and school discourse in shaping student identity; the role of discourse in reflecting and transforming schools as institutions; and the relationships between school discourse and administrative structures and values. Results reflected an emerging, critical, reflective view of schools as institutions. Participants drew upon personal and professional experiences to persuade and shape group discussion, incorporating other participant's responses in subsequent self-reflections. Students' contributions were generally posted on time; and most students exceeded the minimum requirements for number and length of contributions; and discussions were constructive in tone. Appended are a list of weekly topics and a partial list of nodes. (Contains 17 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, College Administration, Communication (Thought Transfer), Computer Uses in Education, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Educational Environment, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Group Discussion, Group Dynamics, Higher Education, Interaction Process Analysis, Internet, Online Courses, Participation, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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