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Chen, Fei-Ching; Wang, Thomas C. – Educational Technology Research and Development, 2009
This paper studies the social talk of high school students in online discussion forums. On-task talk has generally been assessed as valuable discussion because it contributes directly to productive learning. Off-task conversation, on the other hand, is often regarded as useless and a waste of time. Should this social talk indeed be regarded as an…
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, High School Students, Communication Strategies, Discourse Analysis