Scott on Pask: Overview of Conversation Theory

I'm finding Gordon Pask's conversation theory pretty thick.  Bernard Scott, the author of this article, worked extensively with Pask.  But he does not give the theory in much simpler terms.  I'll try to put together some of the key concepts here; my understanding is a work in progress, however! (I've spent 6 hours today reading … Continue reading Scott on Pask: Overview of Conversation Theory


Conversation Theory in Blended Learning

This article includes Bernard Scott as a coauthor (though third).  Scott has cowritten many articles with Gordon Pask on Conversation Theory.  I was excited to see how it was applied to Blended Learning. The article reviews the basics of Pask's theory, and then comments briefly on additions made to the theory by Harri-Augstein and Thomas … Continue reading Conversation Theory in Blended Learning

Scardamalia & Bereiter on “Knowledge Building”

Scardamalia & Bereiter argue that we now live in knowledge societies.  Therefore, it is critical that education “enculturate students into the knowledge-creating civilization” (p. 97).  This requires “a shift from treating students as learners and inquirers to treating them as members of a knowledge building community” (p. 98).  The authors feel that not only the … Continue reading Scardamalia & Bereiter on “Knowledge Building”

Michaels, O’Connor, & Resnik’s “Accountable Talk”

I first read this article last summer, and have returned to reread it as part of my work for Dr. Graham's course.  Though it doesn't focus on "conversations" specifically, the related terms of "discourse" and "talk" make it important to my project. I really like the concepts that the authors have featured in their model … Continue reading Michaels, O’Connor, & Resnik’s “Accountable Talk”

Second Look at Holmberg: Theoretical Framework

I've reread one of the articles by Holmberg, looking at it as an example of a theoretical framework paper. Here are essentially the steps to the structure of this article: First, Holmberg defines theory and distance education, the context in which his theory will operate. Then he presents his own theory of conversation and empathy, … Continue reading Second Look at Holmberg: Theoretical Framework