Dealing with affective needs in e-learning: Contrasting two cases in two cultures.

Chiu, Yi-Ching Jean and Cowan, John (2009) Dealing with affective needs in e-learning: Contrasting two cases in two cultures. In: Cases on Successful E-Learning Practices in the Developed and Developing World: Methods for the Global Information Economy. Hershey, New York, pp. 42-57. ISBN 978-1605669427

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This chapter presents and contrasts descriptions of two cases of online affective support provided to support students engaged in higher level learning tasks. The cases are set in different cultures, centre upon different intended learning outcomes, and follow different tutorial styles. One (Eastern) tutor acted as a “shepherd leader” in response to needs arising in the Confucian Heritage Culture as the teacher promoted critical thinking, according to the Western model. The other (Western) tutor provided Rogerian facilitation of reflective learning journals, kept by students seeking to develop personal and professional capabilities. In both styles, affective support features strongly. The cultural and pedagogical comparisons between the cases have proved useful to the writers. These distinctions together with the similarities between the two online styles emerge in the comparisons.

Keywords: affective needs, asynchronous discussion, Confucian Heritage Culture, constructivism, critical thinking, facilitation, reflection, reflective learning journals, Rogerian, shepherd leadership, social-constructivist, student-centred, support.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 978-1605669427
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online learning; student support; learning objectives;
University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education > 378 Higher education
Library of Congress Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Item ID: 5618
Depositing User: Prof John Cowan
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2012 12:51
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2013 11:42

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