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Critical discourse analysis of collaborative engagement in Facebook postings

Published on Apr 2, 2012in Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
· DOI :10.14742/ajet.875
Patient Rambe9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of the Free State)
While research literature affirms the potential for social networking sites (SNSs) to democratise communication, their impact on micro-level, academic relations at university level has not been explored sufficiently in developing countries. The literature on SNSs (especially Facebook ) has emphasised its appropriation for the marketing of university programs to prospective students and enhancing institutional-level contact between university administration and students. As such, the impact of SNSs on micro-level (educator-learner and learner-peer) relations and relational power remains speculative. Mindful of how discursive types and discourses inform the construction of social power, this study employs critical discourse analysis (CDA) and educator-learners Facebook conversations to expose the exercise of relational power and social learning in these interactional spaces. Facebook postings are examined to explore academic relations and associated learner challenges like limited meaningful engagement with peers and content, superficial learning and general academic under-preparedness. The findings suggest the prevalence of formal authoritative (or hierarchical) discourses, few informal liberating (horizontal) discourses, nascent peer-based collaboration and limited learner engagement with theory. These phenomena generally point at first year students' under-developed study skills and less sophisticated literacies. The challenges and potential for transformative learning are explored and possibilities for effective engagement suggested.
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Published on Jul 31, 2017in Journal of Education
David Rose12
Estimated H-index: 12
(USYD: University of Sydney)
South African secondary students see themselves as a i?½new generationi?½, the first to come of age in the democratic nation. They are intelligent, politically aware and highly motivated, but very few currently stand a chance of achieving their goals of further education and professional careers (Taylor, Muller, Vinjevold, 2003). If the new South Africa is to realise the possibility of a just society this situation urgently needs to change. But we are hamstrung, not just by the history of school...
Ru-Chu Shih9
Estimated H-index: 9
(NPUST: National Pingtung University of Science and Technology)
The goal of this study was to investigate the effect of integrating Facebook and peer assessment with college English writing class instruction through a blended teaching approach. This blended approach consisted of one-third of a semester of classroom instruction and two-thirds of a semester combining Facebook , peer assessment, and classroom instruction. The subjects were 23 first-year students majoring in English at a technological university in Taiwan participating in an 18 week English writ...
Joshua McCarthy2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Adelaide)
This study explores blending virtual and physical learning environments to enhance the experience of first year by immersing students into university culture through social and academic interaction between peers. It reports on the progress made from 2008 to 2009 using an existing academic platform, the first year design elective course Imaging Our World , in the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Adelaide. Over one semester, 120 design students, ...
Catherine McLoughlin27
Estimated H-index: 27
(ACU: Australian Catholic University),
Mark J. W. Lee25
Estimated H-index: 25
(CSU: Charles Sturt University)
Research findings in recent years provide compelling evidence of the importance of encouraging student control over the learning process as a whole. The socially based tools and technologies of the Web 2.0 movement are capable of supporting informal conversation, reflexive dialogue and collaborative content generation, enabling access to a wide raft of ideas and representations. Used appropriately, these tools can shift control to the learner, through promoting learner agency, autonomy and engag...
Hongzhi Wu1
Estimated H-index: 1
Discourse analysis as a research method can be found in two major families, linguistic-based analysis (such as conversation) and culturally or socially based discursive practices. From the angle of method, discourse analysis can be divided into five categories, that is, structural analysis, cognitive analysis, social cultural analysis, critical analysis and synthetic analysis. In the paper, Social cultural analysis is chosen to be discussed as it regards discourse as interactional activities and...
Published on Jan 1, 2009
Laura Alba Juez6
Estimated H-index: 6
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Published on Jan 1, 2009
George Siemens22
Estimated H-index: 22
Peter Tittenberger2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Published on Sep 1, 2008in The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 1.74
Jeff Cain19
Estimated H-index: 19
Online social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace are extremely popular as indicated by the numbers of members and visits to the sites. They allow students to connect with users with similar interests, build and maintain relationships with friends, and feel more connected with their campus. The foremost criticisms of online social networking are that students may open themselves to public scrutiny of their online personas and risk physical safety by revealing excessive personal informa...
Published on Feb 15, 2008in The Journal of the Learning Sciences 3.54
Neil Mercer40
Estimated H-index: 40
(University of Cambridge)
The process of teaching and learning in school has a natural long-term trajectory and cannot be understood only as a series of discrete educational events. Classroom talk plays an important role in mediating this long-term process, and in this article I argue that more attention should be given to the temporal dimension of classroom dialogue, both empirically and theoretically, if we are to appreciate how children gain an education from their classroom experience. I explore this topic using data...
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Published on May 30, 2019in European Journal of Information Systems 2.60
Inkyoung Hur1
Estimated H-index: 1
(NSU: Nova Southeastern University),
Karlene Cousins10
Estimated H-index: 10
(FIU: Florida International University),
Bernd Carsten Stahl6
Estimated H-index: 6
(DMU: De Montfort University)
Published on Jan 21, 2019
Chin Fei Goh4
Estimated H-index: 4
(UTM: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia),
Amran Rasli13
Estimated H-index: 13
(UTM: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
+ 1 AuthorsSang Long Choi2
Estimated H-index: 2
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the factors that drive students to use Facebook for educational communication and explore the impact of Facebook use for educational communication on perceived academic achievement. Design/methodology/approach A survey was conducted through a self-administered questionnaire to collect data from student Facebook users at a large technology and engineering university in Malaysia. Partial least squares path modeling was used to test the hypotheses in ...
Published on Jan 1, 2019in Journal of Educational Computing Research 1.54
Lian Niu1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UNC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
This study reviews the international literature on using Facebook for academic purposes to examine whether and how this popular social networking site contributes to teaching and learning in formal education. A review of 57 empirical studies on this topic suggest that (a) the majority of studies report positive effects or feedback of using Facebook for academic purposes, and recommend its integration into teaching and learning; (b) Facebook is shown to be effective as a platform for academic com...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Markus Rheindorf3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Vienna)
This chapter addresses an integral issue in research design: conceptualizing the structuredness of discourse and operationalizing the analysis at a particular level of discourse or across multiple levels. This has clear implications for methodological choices and triangulation: If discourse is structured—e.g. into levels, layers, a center, and periphery—then analyzing data from different loci offers potential benefits of triangulation. This chapter discusses prevalent conceptions of the structur...
Published on Oct 2, 2018in Learning, Media and Technology 2.37
W. Ian O’Byrne1
Estimated H-index: 1
(CofC: College of Charleston),
Jon N. Hale (USC: University of South Carolina)
The intersections between learning, technology, and media are often the scene of tumult and change. The forces of learning, technology, and politics are pervasive in the lives of young people. These contexts of learning are fueled by the current political moment, but also informed by historical contexts that impact our youth, regardless of socioeconomics, culture, race, or gender. Educators are struggling with how to discuss these trends, and their impact on the learning and engagement of youth....
Published on Jul 1, 2018
Josh McCarthy5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UniSA: University of South Australia)
Published on Jan 1, 2018
Inna Piven (Unitec Institute of Technology)
Shaidatul Akma Adi Kasuma1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Universiti Sains Malaysia),
Mohamad Saifudin Mohamad Saleh1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Universiti Sains Malaysia)
+ 1 AuthorsYanny Marliana Baba Ismail3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Universiti Sains Malaysia)