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ERIC Number: EJ1143824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3518
Improving Depth of Thinking in Online Discussion Boards
Williams, Sheri S.; Jaramillo, Amy; Pesko, John Carl
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v16 n3 p45-66 2015
This study explored what instructors can do to improve student depth of thinking in online discussion boards (DBs). Participants were graduate students enrolled in online courses within a college of education in the southwest United States. Measurement consisted of discourse analysis of posts in DBs and student self-assessment of dispositions, understandings, and practices. Analysis revealed extended posts correlated significantly to higher order convergent and divergent thinking. Less extended posts correlated significantly to lower level organization of threads. A disposition toward collaboration/reflection correlated significantly to exploration/ problem resolution. Evidence suggests instructors can influence depth of thinking by making expectations for depth of posts explicit.
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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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