Online discussions in a doctoral research methods course: 'Like a text by many authors'

  • Agee J
  • Uzuner Smith S
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Abstract

In this mixed-methods study, we investigated how doctoral students used asyn- chronous online discussions that were added to a face-to-face research methods course.We focused specifically on what sociocognitive tools the students used and what they thought about the value of the online discussions for their learning. Our data included three online whole-class discussions from the course and students’ self-evaluations, which they completed three times during the semester. Our findings support the usefulness of online discussions in providing a site where students could draw on a rich repertoire of tools and strategies as well as on the knowledge of others to enhance their thinking and understanding of theory and research. Keywords:

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  • doctoral students
  • online discussions

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Authors

  • Jane Agee

  • Sedef Uzuner Smith

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