ERIC Number: ED444477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
More than Having a Connection: Qualitative Factors That Affect Learning in a Web-Based University Course.
Sujo de Montes, Laura E.; Gonzales, Carmen L.
This paper reports the perceptions of inservice teachers participating in a World Wide Web-based university course. The pedagogical soundness of distance education courses that model constructivist learning theory and that are available to learners at times and places convenient to them are also examined. Qualitative methods were used to collect data, including an open-ended student questionnaire (the middle and end of the semester course analysis), electronic journals kept by the participants, and in-depth interviews with four participants. Content analysis and analysis of emerging themes were used to analyze the data. Themes from the questionnaire were grouped into four categories: class perceptions, technology, self, and professor. Themes that emerged from the journals were divided into three categories: class, problems, and feelings. The interviews revealed that students come to class with a set of ideas and assumptions that situate them more or less in the constructivist paradigm or in the traditional paradigm. (Contains 14 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference: Proceedings of SITE 2000 (11th, San Diego, California, February 8-12, 2000). Volumes 1-3; see IR 020 112.