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Sharpening the focus: methodological issues in analysing on-line conferences

Cook, Deirdre and Ralston, John (2003). Sharpening the focus: methodological issues in analysing on-line conferences. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 12(3) pp. 361–376.

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As on-line discussion becomes an increasingly important and significant aspect of teachers' professional education, most particularly as part of distance learning environments, there is a need to understand and develop effective analytic techniques that provide insights into the processes at work within these systems. The computer conferencing environment at the centre of this study is a complex, unstructured discussion forum, of a type increasingly found as a component of continuing professional development courses. In these situations the evidence of knowledge building processes is a key concern. This study concentrates on a close examination of some existing analytic tools and considers their contribution to identifying the processes at work within these on-line environments, as teachers discuss aspects of education.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1475-939X
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Education
Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 412
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 22 May 2006
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 15:42
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