Exploring the dimensions of discourse : a multi-model analysis of electronic and oral discussions in developmental English

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dc.contributor.advisor Hanson, Linda K. en_US
dc.contributor.author Rickly, Rebecca J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:30:22Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:30:22Z
dc.date.created 1995 en_US
dc.date.issued 1995
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 1995 .R5 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/180062
dc.description.abstract This study investigated participation levels of developmental writing students inoral discussions and electronic discussions using the synchronous conferencing software InterChange. The study used a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods in a naturalistic/quasi-experimental design under a social constructivist epistemology. The methods included: word counts onto which biological sex and socially-constructed gender (as measured by the Bern Sex-Role Inventory) were overlaid as variables; a modified taxonomy based on Bales' Conversational Analysis measure; a taxonomy which measured the direction of discourse; and "thick description" in the form of subjective reactions to videotaped oral discussions and transcribed electronic discussions.The multi-modal, descriptive findings indicate that students participate more frequently in electronic discussions; that subsequent oral classes take on participatory characteristics of an InterChange session; and that while the more frequent participation in InterChange discussions does appear to carry over into subsequent oral discussions, socially constructed variables such as gender may, in fact, encourage students to participate less frequently in oral discussons after using InterChange. The findings also show that InterChange discussions are primarily student-centered: most of the responses generated are aimed at other students. In the oral classroom, very little student-to-student interaction occurs. The findings of this study indicate that while the computer environment may not promote egalitarian discourse, it does tend to produce more democratic discourse. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent viii, 209 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Computer bulletin boards. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sex role. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Rhetoric -- Data processing. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Rhetoric -- Computer-assisted instruction. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching. en_US
dc.title Exploring the dimensions of discourse : a multi-model analysis of electronic and oral discussions in developmental English en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1001179 en_US

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