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Online Discussions in a Doctoral Research Methods Course: "Like a Text by Many Authors"


Studies in Continuing Education Volume 33, Number 3, ISSN 0158-037X


In this mixed-methods study, we investigated how doctoral students used asynchronous 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. (Contains 1 table.)


Agee, J. & Uzuner Smith, S. (2011). Online Discussions in a Doctoral Research Methods Course: "Like a Text by Many Authors". Studies in Continuing Education, 33(3), 301-319. Retrieved April 4, 2020 from .

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