NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ824220
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0093-3104
Comparing Face-to-Face Discussion and Electronic Discussion: A Case Study from High School Social Studies
Larson, Bruce E.
Theory and Research in Social Education, v31 n3 p347-365 Sum 2003
The purpose of this paper is to explore face-to-face discussions and electronic threaded discussions. Forty high school students engaged in both face-to-face and threaded discussions during a world history course. Their comments and interactions were analyzed, and they revealed that both types of discussion hold promise for helping students describe their thinking about topics being discussed, interact with classmates, and challenge their understanding of course content. In addition, teachers can consider these two forms of discussion and the different purposes each serves. Face-to-face and threaded discussions are compared in five areas. Implications for future research, using discussion in the classroom, and teacher education are provided. (Contains 3 notes.)
College and University Faculty Assembly of NCSS. 8555 Sixteenth Street Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Tel: 800-683-0812; Tel: 301-588-1800; Fax: 301-588-2049; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A