On-line Discussion On a Virtual Physics Forum: A Content Analysis
Ying-Hua Guan, Chin-Chung Tsai, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan ; Fu-Kwun Hwang, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
In this study we content analyzed on-line discussion of several senior-high-school groups on a forum of a virtual physics laboratory in Taiwan. The analysis was conducted in terms of participation rate, social cues, interaction types, and cognitive and metacognitive skills. We compared the result patterns of two discussion conditions (R-condition versus NR-condition) and investigated how the quality of message content changed in the processes of discussion. In the R-condition, participants were required to reply to the thread before they were allowed to read other messages on the forum, whereas participants in the NR-condition were not restricted to this demand. The results showed that for both conditions, the most frequently involved interaction type was "direct response", and the most frequently used cognitive skill was "elementary clarification". For the R-condition, fewer participants strayed from the discussion topics, but smaller percentage of message ideas contained metacognitive components in comparison to the NR-condition.
Guan, Y.H., Tsai, C.C. & Hwang, F.K. (2004). On-line Discussion On a Virtual Physics Forum: A Content Analysis. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 4141-4146). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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