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ERIC Number: EJ1157289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1470-3297
Student Perceptions of Effective Discussion in Online Forums: A Case Study of Pre-Service Teachers
Ebrahimi, Alice; Faghih, Esmail; Dabir-Moghaddam, Mohammad
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v54 n5 p467-475 2017
This study reports on a mixed methods study which explored 32 Iranian pre-service teachers' perceptions of attending online asynchronous discussion forums during two seven-week online introductory courses in corpus linguistics. Data were collected through a questionnaire, discussion forum entries and online text-based semi-structured interviews. The quantitative and qualitative analysis of data revealed that the participants took part in the discussions mainly to express their attitudes, beliefs and evaluations; yet they were hesitant to express their emotions, answer their peers' questions, critique others' views, express acknowledgements and make references to other sources. The participants felt that online discussions should bring about meaningful, relevant and useful learning outcomes and help them understand the course topics rather than develop social relationships. The findings can help online instructors in postgrad education to manage effective online communication practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iran
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