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Discourse strategies and power roles in student-led distance learning
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0128-3770
2007 (English)In: Identity and Power in the Language Classroom, Umeå, 2007Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The assertion of identity and power via computer-mediated communication in the context of distance or web-based learning presents challenges to both teachers and students. When regular, face-to-face classroom interaction is replaced by online chat or group discussion forums, participants must avail themselves of new techniques and tactics for contributing to and progressing interaction, discussion, and learning. During student-only chat sessions, the absence of teacher-led, face-to-face classroom activities requires the students to assume leadership roles and responsibilities normally associated with the teacher. This situation raises the questions of who teaches and who learns; how students discursively negotiate power roles; and whether power emerges as a function of displayed expertise and knowledge or rather the use of authoritative language. In this descriptive study, we examine a corpus of task-based discussion logs among students of distance learning courses in English linguistics. The data reveal recurring discourse strategies used by students for the purpose of 1) negotiating the progression of the discussion sessions, 2) asserting and questioning knowledge, and 3) assuming or relinquishing power and responsibility. The data contribute to a better understanding of how working methods and materials can be tailored to distance learning students, and how such students can be afforded opportunities or even more effectively encouraged to assert their knowledge and authority.

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Umeå, 2007.
Keyword [en]
distansundervisning, identitet, makt
Research subject
Övrigt, Effektiv kommunikation i elektroniskt medierade möten i utbildning och näringsliv
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-2868OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:2868DiVA, id: diva2:521762
Conference
Identity and Power in the Language Classroom , Umeå, 11-12 juni, 2007
Available from: 2007-06-22 Created: 2007-06-22 Last updated: 2015-08-10Bibliographically approved

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