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ERIC Number: EJ831710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1492-3831
Critical and Higher Order Thinking in Online Threaded Discussions in the Slovak Context
Pisutova-Gerber, Katarina; Malovicova, Jana
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v10 n1 Feb 2009
This article describes and analyzes efforts to use collaborative asynchronous discussion forums in a three semester online education program for NGO leaders and managers in Slovakia. Slovakia, as a country with autocratic styles of teacher-centered education, presents strong barriers to the implementation of collaborative learning activities. The authors used Garrison's four stage cognitive processing categories to analyze some of the online discussions in the program. The two higher order critical thinking categories--integration and solution--appeared in student discussions only when prompted by specific instructional techniques. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Slovakia