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ERIC Number: EJ1134227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
How Does the Use of Blogs Impact Student Motivation for Literature Discussions?
Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, v5 n3 p70-90 2014
This study sought to determine the impact of blogs on student motivation to discuss literature. The participants were 11 male and 12 female fourth grade students ranging from eight to ten years of age. All of the students were instructed in one classroom located in a suburban school setting. All students had access to computers fitted with high speed Internet in their classroom. Most of the students had access to the Internet at home as well. Semi-structured interviews and survey instruments were administered over a six-week period. The response data were analyzed to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of the students as well as to make suggestions for improvement with reference to the use of blogs. Data analysis revealed gender and reading ability did not impact preferences significantly, and there was generally an equal split between preferences for blogs and face-to-face discussion of literature. A major factor in student preference was the ease with which the blog approach was perceived. Ease interacted with time limitations, technological ability, individual and group dynamics, and beliefs towards publication to a worldwide audience. It was concluded that blogs, while not solely motivating, can impact student motivation toward discussion.
Descriptors: Electronic Journals, Student Journals, Student Motivation, Literature Appreciation, Discussion Groups, Computer Mediated Communication, Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Semi Structured Interviews, Student Surveys, Data Analysis, Gender Differences, Reading Ability, Preferences, Usability, Reading Strategies, Outcomes of Education, Suburban Schools, Pretests Posttests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades
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