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ERIC Number: EJ875033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3518
A Content Analysis of Critical Thinking Skills as an Indicator of Quality of Online Discussion in Virtual Learning Communities
Wickersham, Leah E.; Dooley, Kim E.
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v7 n2 p185-193 2006
Online discussion is a common tool to create learner-learner interaction. Whole class discussions can result in potentially hundreds of postings with students spending more time creating the illusion of participation as opposed to critical reflection and deeper learning. The purpose of this study was to determine quality of online discussion based on critical thinking constructs when learners were placed in smaller learning communities and not exposed to whole class discussion. The researchers sought to determine if discrepancies among the groups would exist and if students would receive the full benefit of learner-learner interaction by placing them in smaller groups. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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