Peer Interaction in the Televised Class: A Contextual Approach

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classrooms, interaction, social studies, students, teachers


Research on classroom behavior suggests that students in traditional (face-to-face) classrooms engage in a variety of interactions with their peers, and that these interactions are not always confined to fulfilling the teacher's agenda. Less attention has been given to understanding the characteristics of unofficial classroom subcultures in televised classes where there is no teacher physically present. This qualitative study used a combination of student interviews and classroom observations to examine social and conversational practices among students at remote sites. While students were reluctant to engage in cross-site discussions, they participated freely in side conversations with classmates at their sites and thus fulfilled a variety of needs. Some implications for the use of more group-based instructional strategies in televised teaching are discussed.

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International Journal of Educational Telecommunications, v. 2, no. 4, p. 279-290