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Pollock, Philip H.; Hamann, Kerstin; Wilson, Bruce M. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2011
The literature on teaching and learning heralds the benefits of discussion for student learner outcomes, especially its ability to improve students' critical thinking skills. Yet, few studies compare the effects of different types of face-to-face discussions on learners. Using student surveys, we analyze the benefits of small-group and large-class…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Thinking Skills, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Large Group Instruction
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Hamann, Kerstin; Pollock, Philip H.; Wilson, Bruce M. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2009
Studies of classroom behavior and learning outcomes have demonstrated that student discussion leads to better learner outcomes. Do these effects, which are based on studies of face-to-face interaction, transfer to the virtual classroom? Existing studies of online postings in asynchronous discussion forums have primarily studied the effects on the…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Political Science, Computer Mediated Communication, Online Courses
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Wilson, Bruce M.; Pollock, Philip H.; Hamann, Kerstin – Journal of Political Science Education, 2007
Discussion is one form of active learning, which has been linked to better learner outcomes. Little is known about the relationship between active learning through discussion and learner outcome in the online environment. Here, we construct an index of active learning online that includes the number of postings a student has read, the number of…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Outcomes of Education, Online Courses, Active Learning
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Pollock, Philip H.; Hamann, Kerstin; Wilson, Bruce M. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2005
Advocates of computer-mediated instruction have pointed to the potential of online teaching for facilitating students' active learning behavior. Small-group online discussion can have a role in meaningful student interaction. Yet, what is less known are the conditions under which students actually engage in interaction in online discussion groups…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Discussion Groups, Online Courses, Active Learning