Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Examination of Physics Student Participation in an Online Group Homework Forum
by Kawata, Brandon K., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 85; 10751879
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines student posting behavior between an upper and lower division physics course as well as posting trends over the course of a semester in an online discussion board. Posts made by students were analyzed based on their content and the mean post frequencies were run through t-tests and ANOVAs to determine if statistically significant difference in posting behavior between the two classes and over the course of the semester occurred.

It was found that lower division students made more overall posts and made more posts related to finding the solution than upper division students. Additionally, the number of posts as well as post related to the assignment and feedback-related posts increased during the semester. This shows that introductory and advanced physics students use the tool differently and students also change their posting behavior over time. Implications for practice and future research are then addressed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kwon, Chuhee
Commitee: Kisiel, James, Pickett, Galen T.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Physics and Astronomy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Physics
Keywords: Koondis, Online discussion board, Online homework forum, Physics, Physics education
Publication Number: 10751879
ISBN: 9780438196186
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