Vol.12, No.1, February 2023.                                                                                                                                                                              ISSN: 2217-8309

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TEM Journal



Association for Information Communication Technology Education and Science

Effects of Communication for Conceptual Development in Online Discussion


Masami Yoshida


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Citation Information: TEM Journal. Volume 12, Issue 1, Pages 90-95, ISSN 2217-8309, DOI: 10.18421/TEM121-12, February 2023.


Received: 30 October 2022.

Revised:   15 December 2022.
Accepted:  07 February 2023.
Published: 27 February 2023.




This study examined online disciplinary discussion by university students to determine how their shared ideas from personal experiences of conceptual change influenced the conceptual development of others. Collected messages in the resulting community were classified according to previously reported criteria. Subsequently, a dataset was analyzed using exponential random graph models to identify connection patterns in their communication. A state of connectedness provided students with a pathway that promote the acquisition of integrated concept types through access for shared content tailored to students’ academic curiosity.


Keywords –concept acquisition, conceptual change, learning community, online discussion, message connection, threshold concepts.



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