Analyzing knowledge construction behavior of a project based online discussion instructional activity using Facebook - An example of art course of adult and continuing education

Peng Chun Lin, Huei Tse Hou, Kuo-En Chang, Shu Ming Wang

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Abstract

Social networking service (SNS) is known for its ability to facilitate people's interaction and build connections. Recent research also showed students' interest in learning activity using SNSs. Besides, few studies have also investigated the effect of adopting SNSs in learning activity. However, studies that examine knowledge construction behaviors in asynchronous online discussion using SNSs in adult and continuing education are quite limited. The purpose of this study is to explore the knowledge construction behavior in an art course which involved a project-based learning activity using a popular SNS, Facebook, as a discussion tool. Participants are comprised of 62 students in the school of continuing education of a university in northern Taiwan. The results show that students primarily share knowledge and information when discussing online. The diversity of knowledge construction is limited in the context of this study. In addition, further analysis on the relationship between students' individual differences and knowledge construction and the extent of participation suggests that there is a gender difference in and correlation between age and knowledge construction behavior. Implications and limitations are discussed while pedagogical suggestions for instructors using SNS as an online discussion tool for teaching activity in adult and continuing education are also proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011
Pages561-568
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1
Event19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011 - Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 2011 Nov 282011 Dec 2

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011

Other

Other19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011
CountryThailand
CityChiang Mai
Period11/11/2811/12/2

Keywords

  • Adult education
  • Continuing education
  • Facebook
  • Knowledge construction
  • Project-based learning
  • Social networking service

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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    Lin, P. C., Hou, H. T., Chang, K-E., & Wang, S. M. (2011). Analyzing knowledge construction behavior of a project based online discussion instructional activity using Facebook - An example of art course of adult and continuing education. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011 (pp. 561-568). (Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011).