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ERIC Number: ED468900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug-1
Pages: 20
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Virtual Learning Circles: Utilizing Online Message Board Interactions for Strengthening Literacy Development.
Thomas, Matt; Hofmeister, David
Educators need to better understand how Internet discussion boards can be used in their classrooms. The process of trying to learn more about potential efficacy of a merger of two potent education tools (Learning or Literature Circles and online discussion boards) is currently underway. A large research study has been designed to examine the efficacy and impact of Virtual Learning Circles, applied in a variety of content areas, upon student growth on a number of literacy variables. Primary research addressed in this small part of the large study is this: What is the relationship between the cognitive complexity seen in student discussions board writing with some other common literacy/educational variables? What literacy variables seem to predict high cognitive complexity in student discussion board responses? Subjects, 115 students stratified across elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels are from Missouri. Nine interval-scale-data variables were examined and correlated using a simple "r"; analysis focuses on relationship between discussion board cognitive complexity and the other variables. Findings suggest high relationship between reading ability and higher-order literacy and discussion board cognitive complexity; high relationship between discussion board cognitive complexity mean score and the high score of the same is statistically logical to some degree; high relationship between attitudes toward school and self-perception with discussion board cognitive complexity needs to be examined further; and the small "negative" correlations between discussion board cognitive complexity and reading maturity, technology skills, and frequency of responses raises interesting ideas. (Contains 2 tables and 24 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri