Social mathworking: The effects of online reflection on Algebra I students' sense of community and perceived learning
Patricia Elizabeth Allanson, Liberty University, United States
Liberty University . Awarded
The purpose of this study was to determine if online reflections through social networking affect students’ sense of community and levels of perceived conceptual learning in Algebra I courses. Social constructivism, connectivism, and computer-mediated communication in relation to reflective practices form the theoretical and practical framework for the use of Web 2.0 technologies in this investigation. A quasi-experimental nonequivalent control group design was used to examine Algebra I students’ sense of community as measured by the Sense of Classroom Community Index, and perceived learning as measured by Perceived Learning Instrument. The sample consisted of 27 Algebra I students at a Central Florida middle school. There were 14 participants in the experimental group and 13 students in the control group. Both groups completed pre and posttest survey instruments for the independent variables of sense of community and perceived learning. The tests were separated by four weeks of instruction on Algebra 1 course content and participation in discourse through face-to-face and discussion board formats. Independent t-tests were employed in data analysis. The results of the study revealed no significant differences between experimental and control groups in relation to students’ sense of community and perceived learning. However, the findings support curriculum design targeted to those concepts Algebra I students have the most difficulty with, and advance the understanding of students’ cognitive development and feelings regarding comfort when communicating their mathematical thinking through Web 2.0 technologies.
Descriptors: Technology, Social Networking, Mathematics, Algebra I, Discussion Boards, Computer-Mediated Communication, Blogging
Allanson, P.E. Social mathworking: The effects of online reflection on Algebra I students' sense of community and perceived learning. Ph.D. thesis, Liberty University.
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