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Title:Literacy Development in Network-Based Classrooms: Innovation and Realizations
Author(s):Bruce, Bertram C.; Peyton, Joy Kreeft
Local area network
Network-based classroom
Higher education
Abstract:Electronic communication networks are in wide use for college-level language and writing instruction and are being adopted for use in elementary and secondary school classes. Teachers use network-based approaches to literacy instruction to support authentic reading and writing, collaboration, student-centered learning, writing across the curriculum, and the creation of classroom writing communities. A case study of network-based college classrooms identified great diversity in the ways these goals were realized. Nevertheless, common factors shaped all of the implementations: institutional goals, practices, and gateposts; theories, personalities, and established practices of teachers; student characteristics and expectations; features of the technology; and available resources. These factors suggest that like any innovation, the introduction of computer technology to promote interaction and learning in educational settings is a complex process that cannot be divorced from the users or the setting. This complexity needs to be understood so that perceptions of and expectations regarding the value of the innovation are neither idealized nor superficial.
Issue Date:1999-12
Citation Info:Bruce, Bertram C., & Peyton, Joy K. (1999, December). Literacy development in network-based classrooms: Innovation and realizations. International Journal of Educational Technology, 1(2).
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-08-03

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