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Distance Education From The Inside Out: Experiences Grounded In The Real World Contexts Of Participants , Sherry June Washburn Jan 2004

Distance Education From The Inside Out: Experiences Grounded In The Real World Contexts Of Participants , Sherry June Washburn

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In order to understand the distance education learning experience of those individual and collective participants (remote site students, origination site students, and faculty), using Bronfenbrenner's human bioecological theory as a base, I sought answers to the question "What impact does a distance learning environment have on both students and faculty?" Methods I used to gather data included small group interviews and individual in-depth interviews with both students and faculty. The data I received was anecdotal, personal experience data from the participants. I analyzed the data using qualitative methods, specifically Tesch's Steps for Developing an Organizing System for Unstructured ...


Knowledge Building Among Family Child Care Providers During A Training Using Problem-Based Learning And Computer Mediated Communication , Kathy Lynn Reschke Jan 2001

Knowledge Building Among Family Child Care Providers During A Training Using Problem-Based Learning And Computer Mediated Communication , Kathy Lynn Reschke

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In this study, 17 family child care providers took part in a seven-week, online training that used problem-based learning to address guidance and discipline practices. A website and an e-mail list provided the context in which two groups of participants discussed causes and solutions for three real cases of preschoolers' challenging behavior. Based on social constructivist theory, this research addressed two aspects of cognitive change and group problem-solving: the process of knowledge building within a group and individual appropriation of knowledge generated by the group.;Transcripts of group discussions were analyzed for evidence of knowledge building using the Degrees of ...