ERIC Number: EJ719837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 20
It's About Time: Using Electronic Literature Discussion Groups with Adult Learners
Beeghly, Dena G.
Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, v49 n1 p12-21 Sep 2005
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect that participating in online literature discussions would have on the discourse and learning of adult students. Would electronic literature (e-lit) discussions promote grand conversations? Would students feel that e-lit discussions enhanced their understanding of what they read, and, if so, in what ways did they believe the electronic discussions enhanced their learning? Could the electronic discussions meet individual student needs, and, if so, how? Would electronic discussions foster community? Finally, what would teachers learn about instruction from these conversations? This article relates one teacher's experience using online discussions in a graduate literature course at a university in the eastern United States.
Descriptors: Adult Students, Adult Learning, Discussion Groups, Computer Mediated Communication, Literature, Internet, Teaching Methods, Web Based Instruction, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States