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ERIC Number: EJ848766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
Being Polite while Fulfilling Different Discourse Functions in Online Classroom Discussions
Schallert, Diane L.; Chiang, Yueh-hui Vanessa; Park, Yangjoo; Jordan, Michelle E.; Lee, Haekyung; Cheng, An-Chih Janne; Chu, Hsiang-Ning Rebecca; Lee, SoonAh; Kim, Taehee; Song, Kwangok
Computers & Education, v53 n3 p713-725 Nov 2009
Using a discourse analytic qualitative approach, we investigated the naturally-occurring discourse that arose as part of two kinds of regular course activities, synchronous and asynchronous computer-mediated discussions. The messages contributed by members of a graduate course were analyzed for the kind of discourse functions and the kind of politeness strategies they displayed. Results indicated that synchronous CMD afforded more information seeking, information providing, and social comments than asynchronous CMD. Asynchronous discussions were slightly more likely to allow for such functions as discussion generating, experience sharing, idea explanation, and self-evaluation functions than synchronous discussions. Proportionately the two modes were similar in how politeness was expressed. Finally, in relating politeness and function, we found more politeness indicators when students were posting messages with such functions as positive evaluation and group conversation management, functions that carried the potential for face threat, and the least politeness associated with messages serving the function of experience sharing. (Contains 6 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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