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Using interactive technology to support reading reflections in literature circles for upper intermediate students Larson, Kristy Michelle


This study was designed to examine intermediate student responses to literature written online and with pen and paper. In particular, I looked at student engagement through the use of an online discussion forum. This study was completed in a grade six and seven classroom with twelve participants. I found that while there were few differences in the quality of the literary responses given by students online and on paper, student reported engagement in the discussion forum was very high for a number of reasons, including the social aspect of online discussion forums, the perceived notion of fair talk time, and the ability of students to see the thinking of all their peers.

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