ERIC Number: EJ880139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
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A Study of Online Discourse at "The Chronicle of Higher Education"
Meyer, Katrina A.
Innovative Higher Education, v35 n3 p143-160 Jun 2010
Given the explosive growth of online communications, new forms of discourse are an intriguing topic of study. This research focused on ten online discussions hosted by "The Chronicle of Higher Education," using content and discourse analysis of the postings to answer several questions. What is the "conversational scaffolding" used by posters in higher education-related online discussions? Are academic online discussions more like speech or writing? Additional questions dealt with how posters identify themselves, who their audience is, what motivates them, how accurate and political they are, and what the experience of reading these online discussions is like. Based on the analyses, these posters were more likely to write correctly although with diary-like personal insights. Through the analysis I also identified both positive and negative aspects of the online discussion experience.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Discussion, Discussion Groups, Computer Mediated Communication, Internet, Discourse Analysis, Content Analysis, Periodicals, Literary Genres, Participant Characteristics, Use Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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