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Talk in virtual contexts: reflecting on participation and online learning models

Thorpe, Mary; McCormick, Robert; Carmichael, Patrick and Kubiak, Chris (2007). Talk in virtual contexts: reflecting on participation and online learning models. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 15(3) pp. 349–366.

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A case study of an online discussion forum for school leadership development was the subject of research into contexts, communities and networks. The case was analysed using discourse analysis and social network analysis. The school-based communities of practice of participants played a strong role in the content and narratives of contributors. However there was no evidence of the development of an online community within the time frame of the case study. Both forms of analysis provided complementary insights into the value of a networked form of interaction that could not be characterized as a community of practice. They suggest that we should not see networks as merely embryonic versions of a community of practice but as a form of interaction that have benefits that communities do not necessarily or typically deliver.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1468-1366
Keywords: online forums; networks; communities of practice;school leadership
Academic Unit/School: Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 8366
Depositing User: Mary Thorpe
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 20:46
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