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ERIC Number: EJ920714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
Learning Together in Cyberspace: Collaborative Dialogue in a Virtual Network of Educators
Brown, Rachel; Munger, Kristen
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v18 n4 p541-571 Oct 2010
Online discussion groups have become a resource for teachers seeking ongoing professional development. Despite their popularity, there has been little systematic investigation into the nature and quality of the dialogue that occurs within an unstructured virtual community to which participants voluntarily subscribe. In this study, we explored how The Mosaic Email Group supported teachers' prospective learning, through the analysis of the depth of processing evident in members' postings. Results from our analysis of members' postings indicated that although the discussion group created a space where participants could share ideas, members rarely engaged in the depth of processing that is likely required to promote transformative changes in understanding or professional practices. We propose that the quality of learning might be enhanced if online participation involves responsive and flexible engagement in all four of Burbules' dialogue genres. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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