ERIC Number: ED479455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Supporting E-Knowledge-Building in Teacher Education: The Use of Computer-Mediated Communication.
Ferry, Brian; Kiggins, Julie; Hoban, Garry; Lockyer, Lori
This study investigated the use of various forms of computer-mediated communication (CMC) to support the formation of a knowledge-building community (KBC) in teacher education. A KBC involves students working in small and large groups to solve "real world" problems, and in the process develop skills of negotiation, communication, and collaboration. Emphasis is placed on authentic problems that are linked to a school context. The findings showed that students preferred to use forums available to all participants. Also, they used the forums in ways that were not anticipated by the authors. Many students made use of other modes of CMC such as e-mail and synchronous forums downloaded from the Web. Many of the skills used in mediating face-to-face discussion could be transferred to the online situation. (Contains 21 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning, Distance Education, Electronic Mail, Group Discussion, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Online Systems, Problem Solving, Teacher Education
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Note: In: E-Learn 2002 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education. Proceedings (7th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 15-19, 2002); see IR 022 093.