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The Use of Electronic Communication to Develop Alternative Avenues for Classroom Discussion
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, University of Southern Maine, United States ; , Indiana State University, United States

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 8, Number 2, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Electronic discussion groups such as newsgroups can pro-vide an effective, alternative avenue for fostering class dis-cussion. This paper discusses how the use of a newsgroup with elementary preservice teachers enabled discussion on classroom management, course-related, and controversial is-sues. Using this electronic format, students also supported each other through decision-making processes and stressful situations. The electronic discussion group became a forum where students furthered their learning and applied experi-ences from the field back to theory. Although introducing a new instructional tool, particularly a technology tool, does have potential difficulties and stumbling blocks, the re-searchers and students discovered the enormous impact the inclusion of the newsgroup can have on student discussion and thought.

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Dutt-Doner, K.M. & Powers, S.M. (2000). The Use of Electronic Communication to Develop Alternative Avenues for Classroom Discussion. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 8(2), 153-172. Charlottesville, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved June 24, 2019 from .

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