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ERIC Number: EJ968794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-7778
An Activity Theory Exegesis on Conflict and Contradictions in Networked Discussions and Feedback Exchanges
Hadjistassou, Stella K.
CALICO Journal, v29 n2 p367-388 Jan 2012
The goal of this study was to investigate the culturally afforded contradictions that ten advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) learner encountered when they posted their paper topics and exchanged feedback strategies online and contextualized some of these strategies to draft their papers. Using Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT), and more precisely, the notion of contradictions, the students' paper topic postings and feedback exchanges were examined within the opposing historically and politically built values, salient cultural convictions, and life experiences in which they occurred (Leont'ev, 1981b; Engestrom, 1987, 2001, 2008). An examination of students' online postings, proffered feedback strategies, and rough drafts indicated that this activity was construed on three major contradictions: (1) instructor expectations for defining topics that student-authors perceived as salient; (2) the requirements for devising thought-provoking strategies to assist student-authors in drafting their papers that then contradicted student-reviewers' efforts to maintain friendly relationships with student-authors; and (3) reviewers' construction of challenging feedback strategies online to help authors with the drafting process that contradicted their efforts as authors to draft cogent arguments by strategically avoiding materializing some of their peers' suggestions, especially counterarguments. (Contains 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A