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Article: Exploring the role of academic blogs in a blended community: an integrative approach

TitleExploring the role of academic blogs in a blended community: an integrative approach
Authors
KeywordsBlogs
Academic blogs
Blended community
Preservice teachers
Issue Date2010
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.worldscinet.com/rptel/rptel.shtml
Citation
Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning, 2010, v. 5 n. 2, p. 53-71 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study explores the role of academic blogs in supporting a group of preservice teachers while they became physically separated during the teaching practice. Underlying our study is an integrative approach that puts academic blogs alongside with other media in an attempt to discern their comparative strengths and limitations. In particular, academic blogs are compared with personal blogs in terms of individual expressions and reflection; and with discussion forums in terms of social interaction and reflective dialogue. The study took a qualitative case study approach and focused on a group of preservice teachers during their teaching practice. Academic blogging has been found to foster individual expressions, reflection, social networking, and peer support. It affords a more flexible and expressive way of individual-centered expressions. However, it is not very good at supporting dynamic and interactive online discussions. Our study helps deepen the insights into the educational affordances of blogs and marks an initial step towards discerning the niche of blogs as an educational media.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/137588
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dc.contributor.authorDeng, Len_US
dc.contributor.authorYuen, AHKen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-26T14:28:16Z-
dc.date.available2011-08-26T14:28:16Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.citationResearch and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning, 2010, v. 5 n. 2, p. 53-71en_US
dc.identifier.issn1793-2068-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/137588-
dc.description.abstractThis study explores the role of academic blogs in supporting a group of preservice teachers while they became physically separated during the teaching practice. Underlying our study is an integrative approach that puts academic blogs alongside with other media in an attempt to discern their comparative strengths and limitations. In particular, academic blogs are compared with personal blogs in terms of individual expressions and reflection; and with discussion forums in terms of social interaction and reflective dialogue. The study took a qualitative case study approach and focused on a group of preservice teachers during their teaching practice. Academic blogging has been found to foster individual expressions, reflection, social networking, and peer support. It affords a more flexible and expressive way of individual-centered expressions. However, it is not very good at supporting dynamic and interactive online discussions. Our study helps deepen the insights into the educational affordances of blogs and marks an initial step towards discerning the niche of blogs as an educational media.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.worldscinet.com/rptel/rptel.shtml-
dc.relation.ispartofResearch and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learningen_US
dc.rightsResearch and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning. Copyright © World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd.-
dc.subjectBlogs-
dc.subjectAcademic blogs-
dc.subjectBlended community-
dc.subjectPreservice teachers-
dc.titleExploring the role of academic blogs in a blended community: an integrative approachen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1793-2068&volume=5&issue=2&spage=53&epage=71&date=2010&atitle=Exploring+the+role+of+academic+blogs+in+a+blended+community:+an+integrative+approach-
dc.identifier.emailDeng, L: ldeng@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailYuen, AHK: hkyuen@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityYuen, HK=rp00983en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1142/S1793206810000840-
dc.identifier.hkuros189901en_US
dc.identifier.volume5en_US
dc.identifier.issue2en_US
dc.identifier.spage53en_US
dc.identifier.epage71en_US

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