Bridging a discipline divide through the lens of community of inquiry

Redmond, Petrea and McDonald, Christine (2011) Bridging a discipline divide through the lens of community of inquiry. In: Creating connections in teaching and learning. Research on Teaching and Learning. Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC, United States, pp. 249-263. ISBN 978-1-61735-551-6

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Online discussion forums are a common element of teaching and learning within higher education institutions. Effective teaching presence is required to ensure that active online interaction encourages learners to continually share, question, debate, justify and consider multiple perspectives/solutions rather than to take a passive role. This paper investigates connections between disciplines in the use of asynchronous online discussion forums to deepen discipline knowledge. By crossing the divide between the mathematics and teacher education disciplines this paper compares and contrasts how these varied disciplines explore meaning-making within their undergraduate discussion forums. Data from undergraduate discussion forums are analysed for cognitive presence using Garrison, Anderson and Archer’s (2000) Community of Inquiry model. One outcome from this study is that discipline matters but teaching presence matters more.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The Pre-print version of this chapter, as made available here, differs in title from the Published version, as cited in this record.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2012 03:24
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 04:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: community of inquiry; cognitive presence; online discussions; teacher education; mathematics; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified

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