Analysis of constructivist, network-based discourses: concepts, prospects, and illustrations

P. Wessa*, S. Poelmans, I.E. Holliday

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The authors propose a new approach to discourse analysis which is based on meta data from social networking behavior of learners who are submerged in a socially constructivist e-learning environment. It is shown that traditional data modeling techniques can be combined with social network analysis - an approach that promises to yield new insights into the largely uncharted domain of network-based discourse analysis. The chapter is treated as a non-technical introduction and is illustrated with real examples, visual representations, and empirical findings. Within the setting of a constructivist statistics course, the chapter provides an illustration of what network-based discourse analysis is about (mainly from a methodological point of view), how it is implemented in practice, and why it is relevant for researchers and educators.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative methods and technologies for electronic discourse analysis
EditorsHwee Ling Lim, Fay Sudweeks
Place of PublicationHershey (US)
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-4666-4427-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4666-4426-7
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

Publication series

NameAdvances in Human and Social Aspects of Technology Book Series


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