Social metacognition and the creation of correct, new ideas: A statistical discourse analysis of online mathematics discussions

Gaowei CHEN, Ming Ming CHIU, Zhan WANG

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Abstract

During asynchronous, online mathematics discussions, new ideas and justifications (knowledge content) and evaluations and invitations to participate (social metacognition) can influence the likelihood of a correct, new idea (CNI) in the current message. Using statistical discourse analysis, we modeled 894 messages by 183 participants on 60 high school mathematics topics on a mathematics problem solving website not connected to any class or school. Results showed that CNIs, justifications, and social metacognition (correct evaluations and questions) in recent messages increased the likelihood of a CNI in the current message. Meanwhile, more experienced participants (who had posted more messages on the website) had more CNIs, and participants who initiated topics had fewer CNIs. Applied to practice, these results suggest that teachers can facilitate students’ creation of CNIs by encouraging them to justify their ideas, evaluate one another’s ideas carefully, and ask questions during online mathematics discussions. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)868-880
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

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Chen, G., Chiu, M. M., & Wang, Z. (2012). Social metacognition and the creation of correct, new ideas: A statistical discourse analysis of online mathematics discussions. Computers in Human Behavior, 28(3), 868-880.

Keywords

  • Online discussion
  • Correct
  • New idea
  • Statistical discourse analysis