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Title: Impact of anonymity of input in next-generation classroom networks
Authors: Davis, Sarah M.
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Davis, S. M. (2007). Impact of anonymity of input in next-generation classroom networks. In C. A. Chinn, G. Erkens, & S. Puntambekar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2007, Part 1 (pp. 162-164). New Jersey, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This project looked at anonymity of input across a series of classroom activities seeking to answer three research questions. First, did activity type influence students’ use of anonymity? Second, did activity type influence students’ perception of the utility of anonymity? Finally, did student statements about the use and utility of anonymity match their actions? Analysis of the digital artifacts revealed no significant differences for use of names by activity or gender. Females more frequently made comments about wanting to be confident of their answers before they would attach their names. Males much more frequently expressed that anonymity was not important to them. Yet the use of names by the two groups across activities was virtually identical. Both groups had a use of names across all activities of approximately 60%.
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