ERIC Number: EJ1121018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Toward a Classification of Discourse Patterns in Asynchronous Online Discussions
Fu, Ella L. F.; van Aalst, Jan; Chan, Carol K. K.
International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, v11 n4 p441-478 Dec 2016
The goal of this study was to develop a classification for a range of discourse patterns that occur in text-based asynchronous discussion forums, and that can aid in the distinction of three modes of discourse: knowledge sharing, knowledge construction, and knowledge building. The dataset was taken from Knowledge Forum® databases in the Knowledge Building Teacher Network in Hong Kong, and included three discussion views created for different classes: Grade 5 Science, Grade 10 Visual Arts, and Grade 10 Liberal Studies. We used a combination of qualitative coding and narrative analysis as well as teachers' understanding of online discourse to analyze student discussions. Nine discourse patterns were identified. These patterns revealed a variety of ways in which students go about their collaborative interactions online and demonstrated how and why students succeed or fail in sustaining collaborative interactions. This study extended the three modes of online discourse and developed different discourse patterns, which are efforts to provide instructional guidance. The implications of supporting productive discourse and the enactment of CSCL innovations in classrooms are discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Classification, Discourse Analysis, Asynchronous Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Group Discussion, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 5, Grade 10, Science Education, Visual Arts, Liberal Arts, Coding, Cooperative Learning, Information Dissemination, Sharing Behavior, Learning Processes, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Grade 10; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong