NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1106019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1449-5554
Factors Affecting Pre-Service Teachers' Participation in Asynchronous Discussion: The Case of Iran
Ebrahimi, Alice; Faghih, Esmail; Marandi, Seyyedeh Susan
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, v32 n3 p115-129 2016
This study reports on a qualitative small-scale exploratory study which examined the factors influencing 32 Iranian pre-service language teachers' participation in online asynchronous text-based discussion forums. By adopting a multiple case study design and analysing data gathered through semi-structured interviews and participants' online postings, it was found that access to computers and the Internet or high speed Internet, group size, quality of messages, level of instructor's involvement, grades, interface qualities, participants' personal characteristics and attitudes toward online interactions, as well as familiarity and experience with online discussions influenced participants' level of participation in online discussions. Based on the findings, recommendations are made to help language teacher educators to encourage effective online communication practices in similar educational settings.
Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Ascilite Secretariat, P.O. Box 44, Figtree, NSW, Australia. Tel: +61-8-9367-1133; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iran
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A