ERIC Number: EJ778727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
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Description of Novelty, Novelty of Description: A Dialectic Analysis of a Web-Based Course
Perold, Jan J.; Maree, David J. F.
Computers & Education, v41 n3 p225-248 Nov 2003
This article proposes a theoretical framework for the identification and classification of the various processes that constitute Web-based education. The framework is based on the following premises: (1) Education may be regarded as a "corrective process," since it is aimed at bringing about a desired change in students' knowledge and skills. (2) "Failures" in corrective processes (technical problems that prevent the dissemination of information, for instance) necessitate "higher-order corrections" (such as technical interventions). (3) Higher-order corrections might also be subject to failure. The recursive application of Premises (2) and (3) yields an "open-ended, dialectic hierarchy" of corrections and failures. The utility of this framework is demonstrated with a qualitative analysis of focus groups attended by students enrolled in an online Psychology course at the University of Pretoria. The analysis suggests that the problems associated with Web-based education might actually "contribute to its effectiveness" by instigating intrinsically valuable higher-order corrections, such as the cultivation of students' problem-solving skills.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Focus Groups, Web Based Instruction, Internet, Identification (Psychology), Models, Foreign Countries, College Students, Educational Psychology, Problem Solving
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa