Learning through computer-mediated communication: a comparison of Australian and Chinese heritage students

Smith, Peter, Coldwell, Jo, Smith, Swee Noi and Murphy, Karen L. 2005, Learning through computer-mediated communication: a comparison of Australian and Chinese heritage students, Innovations in education and teaching international, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 123-134.

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Title Learning through computer-mediated communication: a comparison of Australian and Chinese heritage students
Author(s) Smith, Peter
Coldwell, Jo
Smith, Swee Noi
Murphy, Karen L.
Journal name Innovations in education and teaching international
Volume number 42
Issue number 2
Start page 123
End page 134
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2005-05
ISSN 1470-3297
1470-3300
Summary Twelve Australian and 12 Chinese heritage students from a third-year university computer ethics subject completed a Readiness for Online Learning Questionnaire; and six students from each of these two groups participated in a student-facilitated problem-solving discussion through computer-mediated communication. The questionnaire comparisons showed that the two groups of students were equally willing to self-manage their own learning, but that Australian students were significantly more comfortable with e-learning. The analysis of student postings in the CMC component showed that, collectively, Australian students posted more messages than did the Chinese students. Both groups participated equally in socialisation online; although Chinese heritage students posted a higher number of messages associated with organisational matters; and Australian students posted a larger number of message components associated with intellectual contributions to the discussion. These results are interpreted in a theoretical context and implications for practice are drawn.
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Taylor & Francis Group Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003235

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