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ERIC Number: EJ813310
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0094-1956
Techniques for Encouraging Peer Collaboration: Online Threaded Discussion or Fishbowl Interaction
Miller, Richard L.; Benz, Joseph J.
Journal of Instructional Psychology, v35 n1 p87-93 Mar 2008
Two methods for promoting peer collaboration among students conducting research were examined. Student interaction was structured using either computer-mediated conferencing (online threaded discussion) or the fishbowl technique. Both techniques produced similar levels of student participation. Questionnaire results indicated that the fishbowl technique was perceived as providing somewhat greater benefits in solving research problems although students viewed both techniques positively. In general, students were similar in their motivation for using either of the discussion techniques, with seeking help on their research project being the highest-rated reason. An advantage to threaded discussion is that it can be implemented in large classes or on-line classes where the fishbowl technique would be impractical. Both techniques are therefore available to improve student participation in class. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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