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ERIC Number: EJ1018786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1443-833X
Who You Know and What You Know: Student Interaction in Online Discussions
Stevens, Tony
Australian Educational Computing, v28 n1 p47-60 2013
The dynamics of how students respond to each other during online discussions in a blended learning environment remains under-explored in the literature. How this technology shapes interaction when used in conjunction with traditional teaching methods and the practices of learners in these multi-site situations is a significant educational issue. Using mixed-methods, this study drew on social interaction constructs such as: exchange theory; reciprocity; and propinquity to explore practices within a discussion forum in a blended-learning setting. In addition to confirming these well-established constructs accounting for student-interaction, the issue of responding to others perceived as "knowledgeable" was uncovered, and the mechanisms behind this particular response were examined further. The study reveals an assemblage of practices overlapping and inter-locking with the emergent learning experience, in both online and traditional spaces.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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