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ERIC Number: EJ1005244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 84
ISSN: ISSN-0158-7919
Caring in a Technology-Mediated Online High School Context
Velasquez, Andrea; Graham, Charles R.; Osguthorpe, Richard
Distance Education, v34 n1 p97-118 2013
The objective of this study was to describe how caring is experienced in the technology-mediated context of the Open High School in Utah, an online charter high school. Two female teachers, two male students, and two female students were interviewed three times over 9 months regarding their experience of caring teacher-student interactions. Data were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Discovered themes were then organized into three superordinate themes: engrossment, motivational displacement, and reciprocity. Results suggest not only that caring interactions are possible in the online context, but also that specific caring pedagogies can strengthen the teacher-student relationship online. Additionally, evidence indicates that student reactions play an important role in caring in the online medium.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah