Web Crossing: A Context for Mentoring
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Russell, D. & Daugherty, M. (2001). Web Crossing: A Context for Mentoring. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 9(3), 433-446. Norfolk, VA: SITE.
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Journal of Technology and Teacher Education
Volume 9, Issue 3, 2001
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education Norfolk, VA
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Web Crossing, an Internet/intranet server application offering online conferencing solutions through discussion forums and chat rooms, provided a context for the interaction of graduate and undergraduate students conducting educational research. The two researchers examined strands of conversation to see how concepts were constructed, shared, and adjusted. The Web environment offered some unique features of learning. By singularly focusing on our students' written words, the researchers had an unobstructed view into the linguistic expression of their thinking and the construction of knowledge that was taking place. Within the space of Web Crossing, students, deprived of the nonverbal aspects of language, managed to construct a social community by using informal phrases and greetings that mark informal face-to-face conversations. This relaxed atmosphere encouraged the exchange of impressions, thoughts, and knowledge. The Web was not only a viable and meaningful learning context for our students but also offered educational researchers a significant medium for studying learning and learning theory.
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