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ERIC Number: EJ1002106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Democratic Use of Blogs and Online Discussion Boards in Social Studies Education
Hostetler, Andrew L.
Social Education, v76 n2 p100-104 Mar-Apr 2012
The author experienced the introduction of the Internet as a high school student. Reflecting on that experience, he now realizes that he did not understand the possibilities offered by chat rooms, instant messaging, and other Internet-based communication tools to increase sociopolitical connectedness. As the teacher of an eleventh grade social studies course, the author hoped that integrating a blog space for online discussions between his students would encourage them to interact with each other in ways that promote "democratic talk." By "democratic talk," he means interactions between students who are engaging in discourse on relevant sociopolitical issues for the purposes of developing knowledge and understanding of these topics. In order to guide students toward this kind of democratic talk, a teacher needs to structure discussions to promote constructive exchanges and ensure that students work toward solutions, or ways to address an issue, as a community. (Contains 3 tables and 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 11; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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