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ERIC Number: EJ1043563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Wrestling with Issues of Diversity in Online Courses
Grant, Kristine S. Lewis; Lee, Vera J.
Qualitative Report, v19 Article 12 2014
This manuscript provides an overview of the findings of an ongoing qualitative exploratory study that examined how preservice and inservice teachers in two different online education courses (ED 600 and ED 500) developed an understanding of the multifaceted issues that affect diverse learners. The study also investigated the instructors' reflections about their courses through their individual journals. An analysis of the study participants' Discussion Board posts and interactions online revealed how the Discussion Board forum was used as a critical, reflective space for participants' to engage in self-reflection and to exchange and challenge one another's ideas. The journals also revealed the instructors' overall aspirations for the course, and their role in cultivating an online community in their courses.
Descriptors: Online Courses, Qualitative Research, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Student Teacher Attitudes, Computer Mediated Communication, Reflection, Student Diversity, Journal Writing, Teacher Role, Communities of Practice, College Faculty, Teacher Education Programs, Discussion Groups, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Awareness, Teacher Competencies, English Language Learners, Language Usage, Attitude Change, Cooperative Learning, Achievement Gap
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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