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The university student experience of face-to-face and online discussions: coherence, reflection and meaning

Goodyear, Peter and O'Hara, Agi and Prosser, Michael (2007) The university student experience of face-to-face and online discussions: coherence, reflection and meaning. Association for Learning Technology Journal, 15 (1). pp. 83-97. ISSN 0968-7769 (print)/1741-1629 (online)

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    Abstract

    This paper reports on an investigation into learning through discussions by undergraduate social work students. Second‐year students studying psychology for social work experienced discussions began with face‐to‐face tutorials, and then continued for some time after online. This study used closed‐ended questionnaires to investigate what students thought they were learning through discussions (their concepts), and how they engaged in the discussions face‐to‐face and online (their approaches). Significant associations were found among students’ concepts of discussions, approaches and levels of achievement. The results suggest that students who do not understand how discussions can help them to interrogate, reflect on and revise their ideas tended not to approach either face‐to‐face or online discussions in ways likely to improve their understanding or their levels of achievement. This type of insight is critical for teacher/designers wishing to create university experiences in which discussion is used to promote learning.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
    L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC1022 - 1022.25 Computer-assisted Education
    Divisions: ALT-J Journal
    Depositing User: Justin Smith
    Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2009 15:02
    Last Modified: 04 Apr 2011 10:02
    URI: http://repository.alt.ac.uk/id/eprint/715

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