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ERIC Number: EJ1065038
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1475-939X
Student Interactivity and Teacher Participation: An Application of Legitimate Peripheral Participation in Higher Education Online Learning Environments
Park, Ji Yong
Technology, Pedagogy and Education, v24 n3 p389-406 2015
Lave and Wenger's legitimate peripheral participation is an important aspect of online learning environments. It is common for teachers to scaffold varying levels of online participation in Web 2.0 contexts, such as online discussion forums and blogs. This study argues that legitimate peripheral participation needs to be redefined in response to students' decentralised multiple interactions and non-linear engagement in hyperlinked learning environments. The study examines students' levels of participation in online learning through theories of interactivity, distinguishing between five levels of student participation in the context of a first-year university course delivered via a learning management system. The data collection was implemented through two instruments: i) a questionnaire about students' interactivity perception in the online reflective learning (n = 238) and then ii) an open discussion on the reason for the diverse perceptions of interactivity (n = 34). The study findings indicate that student participants, other than those who were active, need high levels of teacher or moderator intervention, which better enables legitimate peripheral participation to occur in online learning contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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