Analysis of Advantages and Disadvantages of Two Asynchronous Communication Tools for Preservice Teachers During their Field Practice
Thierry Karsenti, Colette Gervais, Michel Lepage, Stephane Villeneuve, University of Montreal, Canada
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
While many studies compared the advantages and disadvantages of synchronous and asynchronous communication tools, few studies have compared the fadvantages and disadvantages of various asynchronous communication means. That is why the objective of this study is to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of two asynchronous communication tools: forums and electronic discussion groups. A total of 1723 preservice teachers (1464 females and 259 males) enrolled in a four-year teacher education program were selected to participate. Participants were divided in two groups in which one would use forums and the other electronic discussion groups. Messages sent in both the electronic discussion group and the forum were analyzed in order to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each communication means. Data collected highlight how electronic discussion groups are much more appreciated by preservice teachers than forums. Results obtained also suggest that electronic discussion groups are more effective for those who wish to become reflexive practitioners.
Karsenti, T., Gervais, C., Lepage, M. & Villeneuve, S. (2006). Analysis of Advantages and Disadvantages of Two Asynchronous Communication Tools for Preservice Teachers During their Field Practice. 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. 2565-2571). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).