Student Uptake in Electronic Discussions: Examining Online Discourse in Literacy Preservice Classrooms

Publication Title

Journal of Research on Technology in Education

Publication Date

Winter 2003

Document Type





student uptake, electronic discussions


Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods


Recent research has provided evidence of the potential benefits of fusing both synchronous and asynchronous online conversations in face-to-face, mixed-mode, and online classes. However, research has also suggested that these benefits are not inherent just by adopting online discussions into classroom work. In this paper, we draw from a larger literature review to discuss both the positive and negative aspects of electronic conversations. We then present research that showcases the possibilities of online conversations in teacher education methodology classrooms. We conclude with a second research study that addresses the notion of student uptake, highlighting implications far teacher educators who want to successfully implement discussion forums in their curricula.