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Analysing hypertextual discussion for connected knowing: Units of analysis

Stapleton, A.J., Taylor, P.C., Dawson, V. and Geelan, D. (1999) Analysing hypertextual discussion for connected knowing: Units of analysis. In: Teaching and Learning Forum 1999: Teaching in the Disciplines/Learning in Context, 3 - 4 February 1999, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA



This paper identifies possible units of analysis when examining connected knowing in an online hypertextual environment. The units examined are the individual, the thread, and the group. Each is discussed, and the possible positives and negatives of each is cited in relation to the goal of analysing the hypertextual environment for evidence of connected knowing. As a result, a particular unit is suggested as being the most suited for examining connected knowing in hypertextual discussion, that of the group. Although intra-group analysis dominates this form of analysis, it does not discount the important role of inter-group hypertextual interactions. Supplementing the intra-group analysis with the units of thread and individual, identifies the group in relation to other groups and therefore places the group in context. Along with this is a brief examination of power relationships in a hypertextual environment specifically in relation to the goal of connected knowing.

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