2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Engaging Readers and Writers through E-Responding
Kaylee R. Van Weelden♦
Dr. Barbara J. Price, Dr. Rebecca Dierking, and Dr. Monica Barron, Faculty Mentors

Students are increasingly involved in online communication outside of the classroom. If teachers utilize students' proficiency with online communication, would students' engagement be affected? This study looks at potential answers to this question. The comparative study involved 50 high school students in a rural Iowa high school, where the students were engaged with a variety of informational texts. Conducted during the Media Literacy portion of two different sections of English II Literature, the study examines students' engagement by examining number, length, and quality of responses to media and others responses. After one section was completed, the process was revisited and adjusted before implementation in the second section of the class. Data was then collected for the second group of students and compared to the first group of students. Implications of the data will form a basis for further investigation and classroom practice.

Keywords: Online discussion, English education, Media literacy

Topic(s):English MAE Intern
English
Education

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 202-2
Location: VH 1236
Time: 9:45

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