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Factors That Promote and Inhibit Discourse With Preservice Teachers on a Non-Restrictive, Public Web-Based Forum
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, Lehigh University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

This study investigated asynchronous communication factors that influence the discourse of preservice science teachers on a non-restrictive, public Web-based forum. Salient elements that promoted discourse among the participants included the level of interest in a topic, the immediate relevancy of a topic to a participant at a particular time, and interpersonal factors among participants. Limitations using asynchronous communication perceived by preservice teachers included receiving feedback too late to be of use and issues pertaining to the absence of visual cues during discourse exchanges. The linear, temporal interface of the Web-based forum appeared to be a factor that limited the depth of the discussion.

Citation

Bodzin, A. (2001). Factors That Promote and Inhibit Discourse With Preservice Teachers on a Non-Restrictive, Public Web-Based Forum. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2973-2978). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 4, 2022 from .

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