Connecting the links : socio-constructivism, historical thinking and online discussion forums

dc.contributor.advisorSalinas, Cinthiaen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberField, Sherry L.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberObenchain, Kathryn M.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBrown, Anthonyen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLee, John K.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHicks, Daviden
dc.creatorBlankenship, Whitney Gordonen
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-02T21:27:01Zen
dc.date.available2011-02-02T21:27:01Zen
dc.date.available2011-02-02T21:27:08Zen
dc.date.issued2010-12en
dc.date.submittedDecember 2010en
dc.date.updated2011-02-02T21:27:08Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis qualitative interpretive research study of students participating in online discussion forums explores how the socio-constructivist nature of online discussion forums fosters the development of historical thinking. The study also focuses attention on the development of the historical understandings of students as they participant in online discussion forums in particular significance, empathy and agency. Set within the context of discussion forums and framed by socio-constructivism and historical thinking, the study uncovered what it means for students to “do history” and how students construct their own historical narratives as they interact with their peers online. Data collection included transcripts of online discussion forums, interviews with participants and the collection of other related artifacts. Findings suggest that the online discussion forums facilitate socio-constructivism in the classroom by providing students with extended opportunities to engage with their peers ideas and assumptions. Additionally, the findings also conclude that students understanding of significance, empathy and agency are related to their interactions with both the official and unofficial curriculums and the temporal and physical proximity of examples to students lived experiences.en
dc.description.departmentCurriculum and Instructionen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-12-2443en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectSocial studiesen
dc.subjectDiscussion forumsen
dc.subjectOnline forumsen
dc.subjectHistorical thinkingen
dc.subjectSocio-constructivismen
dc.subjectComputer-mediated communicationen
dc.titleConnecting the links : socio-constructivism, historical thinking and online discussion forumsen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentCurriculum and Instructionen
thesis.degree.disciplineCurriculum and Instructionen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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