|Title||Polytechnic students' collaborative knowledge building using asynchronous online discussion : a case study from Singapore|
|Institute||Thesis (M.Ed.) National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University|
|Supervisor||Chai, Ching Sing|
|Call no.||LB1044.87 Vij|
Polytechnic students‟ perception of
collaborative knowledge building using Asynchronous Online Discussion (AOD)
as compared to face-to-face discussion was the main aim of this study.
With a lack of research to inform practice on local polytechnic
students‟ perception of collaborative knowledge building practices, the
preliminary study aims to inform practice. Using mixed method design,
the study analysed a group of 125 students from a local polytechnic who
participated in collaborative knowledge building via AOD. Students‟
perception of collaborative knowledge building using AOD as compared to
face-to-face discussion showed statistically no significant difference.
There was, however, a significant difference in task performance of
students using AOD than face-to-face discussion. Qualitative analysis of
AOD showcased lower levels of knowledge co-construction discussion
threads amongst students. Most of the discussion threads were anchored
on sharing, discovering and negotiation of ideas and information i.e.,
within the initial phases of collaborative knowledge construction rather
than at the knowledge construction phases. The later are more essential
in nurturing collaborative knowledge building. This study suggests that
there is a need to scaffold polytechnic students‟ use of AOD for the
purpose of collaborative knowledge building.