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Network structures of in-service teachers’ collective knowledge construction: An SNA analysis of multiliteracies online course
Multiliteracies is not only concerned with learners’ meaning-making using multiple communication and representation channels but with individuals’ contributions towards a collaborative and participatory culture. However, understanding collective knowledge construction in computer-mediated discussions is challenging due to large and complex digital texts in online contexts. To respond to this challenge, this study investigated the relationships between network structures and potentials for collaborative knowledge construction in a 12-week online multiliteracies professional education course by adopting Knowledge Society Network and Collaborative Knowledge Networks as analytical frameworks and using Social Network Analysis to find which network models the online course followed. Consequently, the network of teacher participants’ interactions showed high participant interaction and low idea interaction.
Updated: May. 18, 2021
This study aimed to investigate undergraduate preservice teacher candidates’ perceptions regarding variables related to instructor presence in online courses. The findings reveal that participants in online education courses require timely responses, clear instructions, and instructors who design good courses and who are available to them. The point is that if students understand when to expect a response, they may be more satisfied with their online learning experiences.
Updated: Aug. 19, 2015
In this article, the authors discuss the introduction of Wi-Fi-based e-portfolios into a Master of Teaching programme at an Australian university. They describe how the e-portfolios were perceived and used by pre-service teachers in the first year of their implementation, and indicate the challenges and limitations encountered.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2014
In describing state policy environments along several dimensions, the authors examine which types of policies are more or less influential in moving teachers into the types of professional development that research has shown to be most effective for improved teaching and learning. The authors conclude that both state- and school-level policy environments are associated with teachers taking high-quality professional development, but these findings are most pronounced in high-stakes subject areas.
Updated: Nov. 01, 2011
The present case study investigates the experiences of three novice teachers engaged with more experienced teachers in a teacher study group during their first year of teaching. The study emphasizes the importance of legitimacy and peripherality provided by the more experienced teachers.
Updated: Apr. 26, 2011
Teacher Participation in Online Communities: Why Do Teachers Want to Participate in Self-generated Online Communities of K-12 Teachers?
The purpose of the study was to examine reasons for teacher participation in online communities of K-12 teachers. The following research question guided this study: Why do teachers want to participate in self-generated online communities of teachers? These online communities of teachers are communities of practice in online environments. 23 teachers participated in the study. The findings indicated five reasons for participation: (a) sharing emotions, (b) utilizing the advantages of online environments, (c) combating teacher isolation, (d) exploring ideas, and (e) experiencing a sense of camaraderie.
Updated: May. 21, 2009
The authors argue that conceptual and methodological limitations in existing research approaches severely hamper theory building and empirical exploration of teacher learning and collaboration through cyber-enabled networks. The article presents preliminary data to illuminate both the power and limitations of current tools and techniques for studying cyber-enabled networks using data from a large, mature online network of K-12 educators.The authors propose a research agenda designed to create and validate a new generation of research tools and techniques.
Updated: Mar. 25, 2009
In this paper, three online classes were studied using positioning theory as a grounding framework to elicit ways in which instructors self-position as well as how their students position them, and the relative impact of these positions along with presence levels on persona development. Findings demonstrate that both instructor activity levels and use of performative position statements likely impact student expectations, and that students are unlikely to engage in instructor positioning that falls outside the standard definition of the traditional instructor role unless doing so has been modeled by the instructor him/herself.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2008