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ERIC Number: EJ1102622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1303-6521
Gender Difference in an Online Asynchronous Discussion Performance
Topçu, Abdullah
Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology - TOJET, v5 n4 Article 6 p44-51 Oct 2006
The study examined the gender difference in an online asynchronous discussion which was an integral part of a face-to-face undergraduate course. It was carried out with 30 fourth grade math pre-service teachers in the faculty of education at a university. The content analysis of the online discussion was performed according to Henri's model (1992). The messages in this online discussion were assessed by a grading rubric developed by the researcher with the inspiration from the rubric of Topcu and Ubuz (2004), and Henri's model of cognition and interactivity. The interrater reliabilities for objectivity on content analysis in the dimension of cognitive skills, interactivity and message composition were 0.76, 0.87 and 0.91, respectively, which can be taken to represent excellent agreement beyond chance. The findings indicated that there was no significant gender difference in the online asynchronous discussion performance when pre-service teachers' prior success and, their computer and web experience were controlled. The study suggests that an instructor should use facilitative questions to deepen interaction and develop feeling of confidence rather than to clarify the content of the course in the asynchronous online discussion.
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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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