Learning Together in Cyberspace: Collaborative Dialogue in a Virtual Network of Educators
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Brown, R. & Munger, K. (2010). Learning Together in Cyberspace: Collaborative Dialogue in a Virtual Network of Educators. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 18(4), 541-571. Chesapeake, VA: SITE.
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Journal of Technology and Teacher Education
Volume 18, Issue 4, October 2010
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education Chesapeake, VA
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Online discussion groups have become a resource for teachers seeking ongoing professional development. Despite their popularity, there has been little systematic investigation into the nature and quality of the dialogue that occurs within an unstructured virtual community to which participants voluntarily subscribe. In this study, we explored how The Mosaic Email Group supported teachers’ prospective learning, through the analysis of the depth of processing evident in members’ postings. Results from our analysis of members’ postings indicated that although the discussion group created a space where participants could share ideas, members rarely engaged in the depth of processing that is likely required to promote transformative changes in understanding or professional practices. We propose that the quality of learning might be enhanced if online participation involves responsive and flexible engagement in all four of Burbules’ dialogue genres.
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