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ERIC Number: EJ831838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Premises, Promises: Connection, Community, and Communion in Online Education
Soderstrom, Tor; Hamilton, David; Dahlgren, Ethel; Hult, Agneta
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v27 n4 p533-549 Dec 2006
This paper is an essay on the discursive politics of education. Data from a small study, combined with a review of the related literature, suggest that the overarching concept "community" lacks coherence when used in online education. At least three contrasting forms of connection can be discerned: communion among participants, exchange between participants, and attachment to an ideal. In turn, we believe that this incoherence is not a trivial semantic problem, but rather a central concern in current efforts to remodel, reform and globalize distance education. (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: Sweden