ERIC Number: EJ1147461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Presence and Learning in a Community of Inquiry
Maddrell, Jennifer A.; Morrison, Gary R.; Watson, Ginger S.
Distance Education, v38 n2 p245-258 2017
The community of inquiry (CoI) framework suggests social presence, teaching presence, and cognitive presence are essential elements to foster successful educational experiences in computer-mediated distance learning environments. Although thousands of CoI-based articles have been published, those critical of the framework and related research suggest a lack of empirical evidence to support the framework's central claim that a CoI fostering learners' social, teaching, and cognitive presence leads to deep and meaningful learning outcomes. The current study conducted with 51 graduate students in five distance education courses compared student responses to a CoI perception survey with three instructor-assessed learning achievement measures. No relationship was found between the students' perceptions of their participation within the CoI and any of the three instructor-assessed learning achievement measures, suggesting the value of the CoI framework as an educational process model remains challenged.
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Graduate Students, Distance Education, Student Attitudes, Outcomes of Education, Guidelines, Student Surveys, Comparative Analysis, Educational Experience, Academic Achievement, College Students, Correlation, Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty, Statistical Analysis, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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