Thought is Born Through Words
June Talvitie-Siple, Walden University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
With the continued growth of tertiary and secondary online instruction, the need to identify what components of online pedagogy are most necessary to ensure effective, theory-based instructional practice continues. This paper presents a case study of a web-based graduate-level science education course, Try Science. The study investigated how effectively the implementation of Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory in the course led to the natural formation of a society of learners, which resulted in increased facilitative peer interaction, improved student thought processing, and consensus between the students. Results indicated a strong correlation between social interaction and concept-building that was consistent with the participants' perceptions that their learning was highly dependent upon their interaction within the course.
Talvitie-Siple, J. (2006). Thought is Born Through Words. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 555-559). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).