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ERIC Number: ED509631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Socialization in Online Programs. Promising Practices in Online Learning
Watson, John; Gemin, Butch
North American Council for Online Learning
Researchers studying socialization in online learning note that definitions are quite broad, suggesting that "Socialization is about people being able to mingle and establish connections on one or more levels. They speak[with] one another; share ideas and information and confirm the connections made through an agreed upon means." More broadly, and outside of the learning environment, sociologists define socialization as "the process by which, through contact with other human beings, one becomes a self-aware, knowledgeable human being, skilled in the ways of a given culture and environment." Often, the school is the "agency responsible for socializing groups of young people in particular skills and values in our society." How then can online schools provide the necessary pieces for students' social development and also demonstrate creative ways to enhance socialization by breaking down barriers of time and place? This paper explores the issues around socialization in online schools, and how online programs are addressing these issues. (Contains 14 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: North American Council for Online Learning