Learners’ reflexivity and the development of an e-learning community among students in China

Li, Zhen (2011) Learners’ reflexivity and the development of an e-learning community among students in China. Research in Learning Technology, 19, (1), 5-17.


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The experiences of Chinese learners on two e-learning programmes in China were investigated, focusing particularly on the formation of learning communities. Data were collected using a range of instruments to access the learners' perspectives in depth and detail. Archer's account of reflexivity as the mediating power between structure and agency is applied to understanding how learners succeeded in one programme in forming a learning community, through their negotiated responses to the existing structural and cultural conditions, whereas little evidence was found of the emergence of learning community in the other case. Further understanding emerges from reappraisal of Confucian philosophy of learning and social relationships, how these influenced the participants' prior learning experiences and how they play a part in their responses to the e-learning experience.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 2156-7069 (print)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education
ePrint ID: 183991
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
16 March 2011Published
Date Deposited: 04 May 2011 13:21
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:37
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/183991

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