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Analysis of the Content and Purpose of Four Different Kinds of Electronic Communications Among Preservice Teachers

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Barbara B. Levin, Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This study examines the content and purposes of four different types of electronic exchanges among a cohort of preservice elementary education majors across three semesters. Messages were exchanged (a) student to peer, (b) student to keypal, (c) student to instructor, and (d) student to group of peers using Web-based software that supported asynchronous, threaded discussions. The major purposes electronic communications served included opportunities for personal reflection, sharing teaching activities, and offering support. However, the peer-to-group messages fostered more reflective exchanges than other forms of one-to-one electronic communication studied.

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Publication
Journal of Research on Computing in Education, 32, 139-156.
Language: English
Date: 1999
Keywords
Discussion, E-mail, Electronic communication, Peers, Preservice teachers, Reflection, Threaded discussions, TopClass