A qualitative phenomenological analysis exploring digital immigrants' use of church-based computer-supported collaborative learning
Renee Brinkman-Kealey, University of Phoenix, United States
University of Phoenix . Awarded
Individuals and societies have traditionally sought answers to important questions in life through religion. In the 21st century, physical churches with clergy are no longer the sole source of spiritual answers or knowledge. Since the late 1960s, church attendance has been declining. Church leaders have begun to implement new methods such as using the Internet as a resource to support the needs of church members. While digital natives—persons who are conversant with the Internet—view electronic communication as a means to express ideas and feelings, digital immigrants—for whom the Internet is new—lag behind in utilizing the Internet. The purpose of the qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences of digital immigrants who used a Computer Supported Collaborative Learning church website to understand how the Internet affects their perceptions of religious identity. The findings revealed that the participants were unfamiliar with sharing knowledge through computer supported collaborative learning. The findings also showed that the benefits of CSCL were recognized by digital immigrants, but Church leaders may need to learn how to provide training and support for digital immigrants by blending face-to-face sermons and reflective CSCL engagement.
Brinkman-Kealey, R. A qualitative phenomenological analysis exploring digital immigrants' use of church-based computer-supported collaborative learning. Ph.D. thesis, University of Phoenix.
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