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Peer-learning and reflective thinking in an On-line community of learners

Maor, D. and Hendriks, V. (2001) Peer-learning and reflective thinking in an On-line community of learners. In: AARE 2001 International Education Research Conference. Crossing Borders: New Frontiers for Educational Research, 2 - 6 December 2001, Fremantle, Western Australia

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    Abstract

    There is a growth in the use of Computer Mediated Communications (CMC) in teacher education and professional development, together with a strong interest in creating reflective discourse communities among teachers. With the use of CMC, geographically and socially isolated teachers can be brought together on-line to collaborate and co-construct knowledge by engaging in open and critical discourse. This paper looks at a specific on-line unit that was designed to bring together science and mathematics teachers from around the world for the purpose of familiarising them with technologies which they can utilise for their own, and their students' communicative learning.

    Underpinning the design of this unit was the creation of a networked community of learners who engage with one another in peer-learning and reflective thinking. This study was conducted to determine the extent to which the intentions underpinning the design of this unit were fulfilled. In order to investigate this, data was triangulated from students’ transcripts, end-of semester evaluations, and students’ reflective stories. Analysis suggests that participants demonstrated a strong sense of belonging to this community, thus enabling them to share their experiences and knowledge. Peer learning became a significant feature of the community.

    Publication Type: Conference Paper
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
    Conference Website: http://www.aare.edu.au/01pap/mao01549.htm
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/8685
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