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ERIC Number: EJ831256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1079-0195
Using WebCT as a Supplemental Tool to Enhance Critical Thinking and Engagement among Developmental Reading Students
Burgess, Melissa L.
Journal of College Reading and Learning, v39 n2 p9-33 Spr 2009
The purpose of this research was to examine possible outcomes of developmental students' critical thinking and motivation to read when the online learning community, WebCT, was implemented. My role, in addition to instructor, was that of participant-observer. I implemented WebCT tools, such as discussion board and chat, over a four-month period into my instruction to enhance critical thinking and motivation to read in my Developmental Studies in Reading II classroom. A mixed-method approach for intervention evaluation was employed, and improvements were noted in both reading engagement and critical thinking skills by using these online tools. By incorporating this technology into the developmental studies curriculum, we, as developmental education instructors, will be encouraging and supporting our students' needs to become independent thinkers and learners. (Contains 2 figures and 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas