Research on the relationship between positions in a social network and knowledge building of a virtual community for teachers Online publication date: Mon, 30-Dec-2013
by Xingbao Li; Xinhong Li
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning (IJCEELL), Vol. 23, No. 3/4, 2013
Abstract: The virtual community becomes a new place for teachers to acquire knowledge and a new way to exchange and discuss educational issues. The study uses three research methods, social network analysis, content analysis and statistical analysis respectively, to analyse the social network location of members in a virtual community, and compares characteristics of knowledge building of community members in different network locations. It explores the relationship between positions in the social network and knowledge building of the virtual community for teachers. The results show that the members of teachers' virtual community form the core - semi-core - periphery structure. Also, the members of the community in different social network locations have significant distinctions in knowledge building.
Online publication date: Mon, 30-Dec-2013
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