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Exploring participation in knowledge building: An analysis of online discussions in mainstream and honours social studies courses
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, Simon Fraser University , Canada

Simon Fraser University . Awarded

Abstract

Some new instructional approaches that emphasize inquiry involve asynchronous online discussions, but many teachers question to what extent most students in a class participate in such discussions. This thesis examines this issue in the context of knowledge building, drawing from two implementations of the same inquiry unit conducted by students from a mainstream and an honours version of a tenth grade social studies course (N = 100). In each implementation, students collaborated in small groups to propose solutions to current environmental problems. The research questions focused on participation patterns as revealed by server log data, the extent to which the discussions could be considered examples of knowledge building, and the influence of several moderating variables on participation. Findings indicated there was substantial evidence for knowledge building in all classes; differences for participation measures were stronger between collaborative groups than between mainstream and honours classes.

Keywords. online discussion, CSCL, knowledge building

Citation

Niu, H. Exploring participation in knowledge building: An analysis of online discussions in mainstream and honours social studies courses. Master's thesis, Simon Fraser University. Retrieved July 18, 2019 from .

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