Blogs as learning tools in a high school science class for at-risk learners: An ethnography
Cyndy J. Woods-Wilson, Capella University, United States
Capella University . Awarded
Learners become at-risk of failure for myriad reasons. Absenteeism and the resulting missed learning is one major reason students become at-risk of failure. Learners consistently in the classroom often participate in conversations about the relevance and/or application of the lessons but high absenteeism, coupled with frequent moves, means losing valuable classroom experiences. Changing schools usually results in different curriculums, books and study sequences. An Internet blog can be a virtual learning tool where learners post questions, thoughts, reflections and new learning, all in the same virtual space they have been using. The familiar blog spot becomes a virtual backpack, never lost in a move. This ethnography will describe the effects of mediated, subject-specific blogging in a high school science class with at-risk learners.
Woods-Wilson, C.J. Blogs as learning tools in a high school science class for at-risk learners: An ethnography. Ph.D. thesis, Capella University.
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