Evaluation of Feedback in Learning Communities: The Role of Scaffolding Learning in Informal Problem Solving Contexts

By Yang Yang.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This study will attempt to examine the use of virtual learning communities and its impacts on scaffolding provided to diverse learners in informal learning settings. It will also identify complex cultural factors that need to be considered by learners engaged in discussions and suggest the need for a clear understanding of the differences between the constructed identities of individual members. It will demonstrate and evaluate examples of two virtual learning communities where the range of discourses emanating from the cultural divergence of individuals is of considerable significance to the community members in terms of effective learning.

Keywords: Virtual Learning Community, Informal Learning, Critical Discourse Analysis, Cultural Values

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 10, pp.143-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.238MB).

Yang Yang

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia

Mr. Yang Yang is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Australia. His research interests include Community of Practice, ICT in Higher Education and Critical Discourse Analysis. Mr. Yang Yang is also currently working as a research assistant on a number of research projects in the Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Australia.

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