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ERIC Number: EJ971096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
Analyzing the Latent Emotional Transfer Pattern (LETP) of a Learning Community in an Online Peer-Assessment Activity
Hou, Huei-Tse; Cheng, Kun-Hung
British Journal of Educational Technology, v43 n4 pE113-E116 Jul 2012
Peer assessment is utilized extensively in digital learning, and many studies have examined the positive influences of online peer assessment on learning (eg, Tseng & Tsai, 2007). However, other studies indicate that this type of activity has negative influences. For example, students may question the fairness of an assessment or disagree with others' assessments (eg, Kaufman & Schunn, 2010). These effects may lead to changes in the collective emotional state of the learning community and affect the organizational climate and pattern of interactions. Because a community's knowledge sharing is correlated with its organizational climate (Bock, Zmud, Kim & Lee, 2005), negative comments may lead to negative emotions, especially in online discussions that incorporate peer assessment (Falchikov, 2005). The latent emotions in students' interactions may be dynamically affected by their peers' comments and criticism. This study focuses on the overall pattern of latent emotional changes, which the authors call the "latent emotional transfer pattern" or LETP. Teachers who are able to successfully monitor a learning community's LETP are better able to provide timely guidance, control the spread of negative emotions among students and prevent negative influences on learning. Analysis of LETP may also benefit studies in social psychology and online learning. (Contains 1 table 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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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan