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ERIC Number: EJ787068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0952-3987
Instant Messaging in a Context of Virtual Schooling: Balancing the Affordances and Challenges
Murphy, Elizabeth; Manzanares, Maria A. Rodriguez
Educational Media International, v45 n1 p47-58 Mar 2008
This article reports on a case study of Instant Messaging (IM) in a context of high-school virtual schooling. Data collection relied on interviews conducted with 20 participants in a context of high-school web-based instruction in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The participants included e-teachers as well as other distance education personnel. Inductive analysis of the interview transcripts resulted in the identification of six categories of findings that we have labeled as follows: IM instructional affordances; IM comfort and preference; IM and classroom management; IM and social presence; IM and private versus public conversations; and IM and multitasking. The findings illustrate some of the challenges that can arise when a tool that typically serves solely a social purpose is appropriated into an educational context. Implications include the need for a knowledge base and professional development related to instructional strategies and techniques for managing IM and for capitalizing on the affordances offered by the tool. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada