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ERIC Number: ED470196
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 22
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Facilitating Self-Direction in Computer Conferencing.
Lee, Jiyeon
This study explored the extent to which computer conferencing contributes to facilitating self-direction by describing concrete activities. The study focused on interaction among participants related to self-direction. The study adapted Garrison's model (1997) considering the characteristics of data and research questions to develop the conceptual framework. Consequently, in this study, self-direction consists of three dimensions (control, critical reflection, and responsibility). Results are discussed for each of the following objectives: (1) interaction patterns; (2) self-directed activities; (3) extent of self-direction; and (4) mechanism of facilitating self-direction. This study confirmed that students are self-directed in an online course, as indicated by concrete self-directed activities and their extent. Furthermore, the study explained how students are self-directed in an online course by focusing on instructor and peer's roles. Major findings have several implications for practitioners. First, the study showed that a low level of structure is related to self-direction. Second, students' self-direction appeared most in the control dimension. Finally, the study confirmed that the learning environment is very important in developing self-direction. (Contains 35 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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